What We Do

The Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation is a model, a highly visible foundation that is known for enabling the gift of sight through its funding of impactful and valuable vision research and professional and community education and engagement. Collaborations with others, strong relationships with professionals in the field, engagement with those affected by our work, and the creation of a climate that produces an adequate supply of tissue for both transplant and research is the hallmark of our activities.  

For example, our fundraising supports research aimed at generating awareness and accelerating cures for some of the most critical eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Chances are, the effects of blindness may touch close to home.

More than 82% of individuals over age 50 suffer from some form of impaired vision.

Age-related macular degeneration

About 11 million people in the United States have some form of age-related macular degeneration. This number is expected to double to nearly 22 million by 2050. Advanced age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of irreversible blindness and visual impairment in the world.

Diabetic retinopathy

From 2010 to 2050, the number of Americans with diabetic retinopathy is expected to nearly double, from 7.7 million to 14.6 million. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults.


According to the World Health Organization, Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Estimates put the total number of suspected cases of glaucoma at over 60 million worldwide.

AMD – https://www.brightfocus.org/macular/article/age-related-macular-facts-figures
DR – https://nei.nih.gov/eyedata/diabetic
Glaucoma – Quigley and Broman “Number of people with glaucoma worldwide in 2010 and 2020”, 2006;