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Speaking recently to a BrightFocus Chat audience, a leading vision scientist expressed hope for potential treatments for geographic atrophy (GA), one of the major causes of vision loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
March 16, 2021


This resource discusses medical conditions that can affect driving, safe driving tips and strategies, a self test for drivers, evaluation and discussion of unsafe driving practices, and maintaining independence once a decision is made to stop driving.
September 1, 2020
This brochure discusses the two categories of age-related macular degeneration, diagnosis, risk factors, prevention strategies and treatment.
September 23, 2019



Safety and the Older Driver (May 2021)

The event featured Elin Schold Davis from the Older Driver Initiative, who provided information about diseases that cause vision issues or loss and the effects on driving. Many participants had questions and concerns about safe driving conditions, signs for concerns about driving, and how to transition to driving less. View the transcript Print the transcript

June 8, 2021

Living Well with Vision Loss (April 2021)

This event featured Dr. Bonnielin Swenor, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director of the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center, and an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She is also an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as a core faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health. Dr. Swenor discussed advancements in the field of vision research, the stigma and burden associated with vision loss, and the connection between vision health and cognitive health. Dr. Swenor also advocated for those with vision loss, stating the importance…

April 28, 2021

Más de7 millones

de personas tendrán la enfermedad de Alzheimer en Estados Unidos en el año 2030.

Press Releases

Press Release
Johns Hopkins University’s Sheila West, Ph.D., Pharm.D., a world-renowned expert on environmental factors and disparities causing blindness, was this month awarded the 2020 Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research. The Prize, presented by BrightFocus Foundation and the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, honors scientific discovery and excellence and is chosen by an independent awards committee. The award was delayed by one year because of the pandemic.
May 4, 2021
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