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RESEARCH TO PREVENT BLINDNESS (RPB) is the leading nonprofit organization supporting eye research directed at the prevention, treatment or eradication of all diseases that threaten vision.
Since its founding in 1960 by Dr. Jules Stein, RPB's impact on vision research and vision care has been enormous. It coordinated the effort that led Congress in 1968 to establish a separate National Eye Institute within the National Institutes of Health. And since its founding, RPB has been identified with virtually every major scientific advance in eye research. When patients go to an eye care specialist for an exam or treatment, RPB's research dollars are almost invariably connected to the tools and knowledge applied to diagnose and treat the condition.
RPB has achieved this impact through far-reaching activities that foster the growth and development of the U.S. vision research community, including:
Financial support for the organization comes from individual donors, foundations and from RPB's endowment. RPB also partners with vision research-supporting organizations to leverage its resources.