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W. R. Bryan Diabetic Eye Disease Research Fund
Recent reports show that 15.7 million people in the USA suffer from diabetes. Also, every year 12,000 to 24,000 go blind because of diabetic eye disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in Americans between the ages of 20 - 65 years.
Diabetes can affect the eye in a number of ways. For example, blood vessels in the back of the eye (retina) can leak and result in the immediate loss of vision. Diabetes can also lead to cataracts, which results in cloudy vision and the need for cataract surgery. Diabetes can also lead to increased pressure in the eye - known as glaucoma.
In honor and recognition of Ohio's Past International President (1969-1970) W. R. "Dick" Bryan, the Ohio LIONS Eye Research Foundation established a special endowment fund; the W. R. Bryan Diabetic Eye Disease Research fund, to support research into the prevention and cure of diabetic eye disease. With your help we will work toward the day when no one has to suffer the loss of vision due to this dreaded disease. See Simulations of vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy.
Lion Dick passed away in December, 2004.
2008 OLERF Annual Report (PDF file)