UK Eye Research Fund

It’s difficult to imagine life without sight.  Each year, thousands lose the battle with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma.  The UK EYE RESEARCH FUND supports work that will help us better understand and treat blinding diseases.  All proceeds from Tri For Sight go directly to the fund.  The triathlon also helps underscore our commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle.

The UK Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has become a leader in the fight against visual impairment in the Bluegrass and beyond.  UK treats over 30,000 eye patients yearly, and is a leader in caring for those with complex or unusual problems.  Eye research efforts here have been nationally recognized.  Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati recently received the Wasserman Award from Research to Prevent Blindness for his work with complement activity and VEGF angiogenesis in macular degeneration.  UK has also been a frontrunner in developing new treatments for diabetic retinopathy and CMV retinitis.  Before an institution can receive grants for this kind of research, extensive and expensive preliminary work must be done.  Support from the UK EYE RESEARCH FUND helps bridge the gap between theory and proof.

Talented young physicians are recruited and trained to become top-notch eye care specialists and scientists, leaving a legacy of outstanding ophthalmologists for future generations.  An emphasis on research support helps insure that our best doctors will continue to live and work in Kentucky.

Recent good news from the UK Ophthalmology Dept:

1) AMBATI RECEIVES CNIB CHANCHLANI GLOBAL VISION RESEARCH AWARD

2) AMBATI RECEIVES HARRINGTON SCHOLAR-INNOVATOR AWARD

3) RESEARCH WILL LOOK FOR POSSIBLE LINKS BETWEEN AMD, ATHEROSCLEROSIS

We hope you will consider running your race in honor of a visually impaired person.  Soliciting donations to sponsor your race day efforts will help further this worthy cause.

Over the 12 years of the event, we have been able to donate over $100,000 to the UK Eye Research Fund!!

Donations may be given through the website https://iweb.uky.edu/giveonline/.  Select “Medicine, College of” from the first drop-down menu and under the specific project write “Tri For Sight Eye Research Fund”.  All checks from your sponsors should be made payable to “UK Tri For Sight Eye Research Fund.”  Checks may be turned in at packet pick-up or mailed to:

Tri For Sight
UK Dept of Ophthalmology
740 S Limestone, E324
Lexington, KY 40536-0284.

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