The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation is a 501c(3), not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Our mission is to find cures for ocular inflammatory diseases, to correct the worldwide deficit of properly trained ocular immunologists, and to provide education and emotional support for those patients afflicted with ocular inflammatory disease.
We believe that only through applied research will we be successful in finding a cure for inflammatory diseases of the eye. This ongoing research is sponsored from government grants, industry funding, and private donations, and takes place in our state-of-the-art research laboratory and clinical center. We also collaborate with physicians from around the world to share ideas, achievements, and new information in an effort to spread valuable knowledge worldwide. It is our goal to create the first research center in the world specifically focused on finding cures for ocular inflammatory diseases to expand our research efforts.
Few centers of excellence in diagnosing and treating patients with ocular inflammatory diseases exist around the world. Even fewer academic programs exist to train primary care ophthalmologists to meet this need. Our Foundation offers a fellowship program through to train future ocular immunologists. We host physicians and students from around the world to train on the latest, most successful treatments for ocular inflammatory diseases. We offer ongoing training sessions for ophthalmologists and optometrists in the treatment of uveitis and other ocular inflammatory diseases. We participate in national and international professional organizations and attend educational conferences to train and educate tomorrow’s ocular immunologists.
The Foundation educates patients, their family members and friends, and the medical community about ocular inflammatory disease through educational conferences, literature, and outreach. This support is offered on a worldwide level. We maintain the most complete ocular inflammatory disease web resource which offers all patients and medical personnel a vast amount of information that is easily accessible and available on one website. We provide emotional support through group meetings where individuals can confide in others facing the same difficult medical problems they are battling. We also promote mutual aid among support group members through our Pathfinders program; a bridge between patients recently diagnosed with ocular inflammatory disease and patients who have gone through treatments and know the road ahead.