The Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), a New York-based foundation and the world's leading voluntary health organization supporting eye research, awarded 81 grants, totaling more than $7.9 million in 2005. The RPB seeks to contribute towards more effective clues with regard to ailments that afflict the eye, according to its President Diane S. Swift.
The laboratories which are supported by the RPB investigate everything that affect the eye like eye movement disorders, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts. The RPB grant support was given to about 174 ophthalmic scientists in the year 2005, and another 54 departments of ophthalmology in the country are receiving RPB support currently.
The RPB is also identified with laser surgery's development which is utilized to treat conditions like astigmatism, macular degeneration, myopia, glaucoma, retinal detachment and retinopathy.