The Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation is making an initial grant of $ 5,000 to the Akron Children’s Hospital Vision Center, pending continued support.
The foundation’s board of directors approved the grant to help accelerate research initiatives to prevent, treat and reverse vision loss associated with childhood eye disease, according to a press release, which notes that 7 million children suffer from a common childhood eye disease.
âWe are very grateful to the Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation for their generosity,â said Dr. Richard Hertle, director of pediatric ophthalmology at Akron Children’s Hospital, in a statement. âTheir support will strengthen our ability to continue research into pediatric vision disorders and how best to preserve and restore children’s sight. “
Hertle also holds the Dr Boomer and Jill Burnstine Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology.
The Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation, which aims to support more groundbreaking vision research in the region, is also currently funding research at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute and the University Hospitals Eye Institute, the statement said.
“We are delighted to support cutting-edge research on childhood eye disease and vision loss at the Akron Children’s Hospital Vision Center,” said Debbie May-Johnson, executive director of the foundation, in a statement. communicated. “This will add a new dimension to the foundation, increasing our reach to the Akron community and serving adults as well as children with eye diseases.”