Nancy Washington, PhD
Nancy Washington, PhD

Name: Nancy D. Washington, PhD
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

How did you first become acquainted with the Eye & Ear Foundation (EEF)?

I have suffered from Glaucoma for many years and several years ago developed retinal occlusion in my right eye. My mother suffered from Glaucoma, and my first cousin is blind because of it. At UPMC Eye Center, I believe that I am receiving the best care possible from Drs. Ian Connor and Andrew Eller. An evaluation at another university-affiliated eye center confirmed my belief. Through my friend, Heather Chronis, I met Lawney Snyder, Eye & Ear Foundation CEO. I learned about the work that is going to advance research and service to assist the many people in danger of becoming blind from these diseases.

Why do you support the Eye & Ear Foundation?

As an African American, I know that Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in my community and often goes undetected and untreated. For me, finding an effective treatment and cure is not just personal, but essential for my family and my community. I not only support the research, since 2018 I have served on the Eye & Ear Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Eye & Ear Foundation is a non-profit 501(C)(3), and it solely supportd the educational and research efforts of Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

What excites you the most about the work of the Eye & Ear Foundation?

The thing that excites me the most about the Foundation is its aggressiveness. It is relentless in bringing forward and supporting researchers and clinicians with great promise and also of substantial reputation. The task of finding the answers to questions of causality and cure is met with great fierceness. Every breakthrough is greeted with shouts of joy. Work that takes service into the community, like the Guerilla Eye Project, is a special interest of mine.

What research or breakthroughs do you hope to see in the future?

Glaucoma is such an old disease, and we still do not know what causes it and, therefore, what will be the best prevention and treatment. Also, research on repairing the optic nerve will be so crucial in the lives of many, many people.

Guerilla Eye Service
Optic Nerve Research

To view printable one-sheets from the Eye & Ear Foundation on the research I support, please click below:

A New Look at Treating Eye Disease
Regenerating the Optic Nerve
Getting A Bird’s Eye View

If you would like to learn more about the Foundation or help me support this essential research, please contact the Eye & Ear Foundation’s CEO, Lawton Snyder at 412-864-1300.

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