Diabetic Retinopathy

Together We Will Cure Blindness

December 12th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Right now, over 1 million Canadians are living with blinding eye diseases and as vision fades, so too can hope.  To date, donors of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) have contributed more than $32 million for vision research.  With your ongoing support we will continue to fight back.  Together we will cure blindness.  DONATE NOW…

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“Donors give us, and more importantly our daughter, hope.”

November 13th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Guest-written by Deborah Scott. Our daughter, Olivia was 5 years old when she was diagnosed with a blinding eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa (RP). It was difficult for us to comprehend what that diagnosis really meant. As a parent, you never get over the impact of learning that there is so much more to vision…

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“I want to see my children’s faces.”

November 1st, 2018 by Guest Contributor

Story guest-authored by Julia Bonnett. I knew I was losing my sight. During college, I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a disease that progressively narrows my field of vision and leads to permanent blindness. But it was happening so slowly, I mostly put it out of my mind. I love music, especially opera and…

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Help Canadians Benefit from Stem-Cell Therapies – Sign the Petition

October 23rd, 2018 by FFB Canada

Since 2001, our friends at the Stem Cell Network (SCN) have been transforming stem cell research, bringing it closer to the clinic and marketplace. As the only national network of regenerative medicine researchers, SCN has supported 170 world-class research groups across Canada and provided specialized training for 2,500 young investigators who represent the future of science,…

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Announcing the FFB’s Vision Care Pathways

September 27th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Along with the brain, the eye is one of the human body’s most intricate components, an elaborate collection of parts working in tandem to do one thing: gather external light and focus it on a small area of tissue at the back of the eye. Cells housed in the tissue absorb light particles and transmit…

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Could Artificial Intelligence Revolutionize the Treatment of Eye Diseases?

September 5th, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

Artificial intelligence is in the news more frequently than ever, but it’s not typically associated with vision research. That may not be the case for long: incredible progress is being made in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to the detection and prognosis of eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy….

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World’s First Experimental Therapy Involving Reprogrammed Donor Stem Cells Aims to Treat Macular Degeneration

April 4th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Stem cells are frequently in the news. At the FFB, we love reading about stem cell discoveries, but high-frequency reporting can make it challenging to identify truly significant breakthroughs, such as the one from last week: “Japanese man is the first to receive ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells from another person.” The story, published in a prestigious…

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Halting Cell Death to Save Vision

April 3rd, 2017 by FFB Canada

It is a fundamental principle in biology: eventually, everything dies. Dr. Philippe Monnier is no stranger to the principle. He confronts it within his lab on a regular basis. But while he and his team recognize the inevitability of death, they are also committed to pushing back against its early onset, particularly in relation to…

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The Biology of Treating Blindness with Stem Cells

March 29th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Dr. Gilbert Bernier has a plan to cure blindness. His plan involves coaxing stem cells to become sheets of precious cone photoreceptors – the eye’s light-sensitive cells – and then transplanting them into blind eyes to restore vision. Dr. Bernier made headlines a few years ago with his tremendously important FFB-funded discovery that uncovered an…

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