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Joel Schuman accepting the 2019 BrightFocus Scientific Impact Award
Science News
The research and discoveries of clinician-scientist Joel S. Schuman, MD, are having a big impact on vision diseases, including glaucoma. Early support from BrightFocus had a big impact on his career.
July 23, 2019
Müller cells invading the subretinal space in response to retinal distress.
Science News
At ARVO 2019, the world’s largest gathering of vision scientists, BrightFocus grantees stood out for their insights into key cells in the retina and surrounding tissue that participate in macular degeneration.
May 30, 2019


This publication provides information on what glaucoma is, the various forms of glaucoma, tips for lowering risk, how this eye disease is diagnosed and treated, and essential questions to ask your doctor after a diagnosis.
October 4, 2018
Learn about the two forms of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the importance of early diagnosis, healthy habits that may reduce the risk of developing AMD, and how to monitor your sight if you have this eye disease.
October 3, 2018



Living Your Best Life with Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Having retired from a half century as a teacher, author, composer, theatrical director, and musician, Dan Roberts now dedicates himself full time to helping others learn about and live with low vision. Because of his own need for support and information about visual impairment, he founded MD Support in 1995 and has since become a leading patient advocate, industry consultant, and low vision educator. Christina has extensive experience with caregiving. She and Dan have been married since 1968. They have three children and seven grandchildren. View the transcript Print the transcript Listen to the discussion:

July 24, 2019

Caregiving & Low Vision

The guest speakers are Joanne Dillon, a caregiver, and C. Grace Whiting, the President & CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving. View the transcript Print the transcript Listen to the discussion:

June 19, 2019

Our Story

BrightFocus funds exceptional scientific research worldwide to defeat Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma and provides expert information on these heartbreaking diseases.

August 6, 2017

Anatomy of the Eye

Even though the eye is small, it serves a very important function—the sense of sight. See a cross-section of the eye and learn more about its parts.

Press Releases

Press Release
BrightFocus Foundation, a premier source of private research funding to defeat Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma, today announced $16.2 million for 76 new research grants, a record high for the organization. With these latest grant awards, BrightFocus will have invested $43 million in scientific research over the past three years alone.
April 23, 2019
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