Category: Access to Care

Vision Care Joins Mission of Mercy

For three years, Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh has hosted a two-day clinic providing free dental care to the underserved members of the community. This year, free vision care was also offered, courtesy of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh. “It was a tremendous, tremendous success,” said Lawton Snyder, CEO of The Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh (EEF), which helped organize the vision clinic on October 22-23, 2021. It came about when Dr. Jose-Alain Sahel and Snyder were approached by Michael Zamagias, Chairman and CEO of TeleTracking and a founding sponsor of the Mission of Mercy (MOM)

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NEXTpittsburgh | $25 million Hillman grant for Pitt to make the region a vision care hub


March 2, 2021 By Michael Machosky The Bay Area is known worldwide for its tech startups. Philadelphia is known for its pharmaceutical cluster. Pittsburgh may someday be known for … eyes? The city’s well-established life sciences cluster just got a big boost from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, to the tune of $25 million. Of that, $20 million will go toward vision care research and development through the Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh, which supports Pitt’s Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. Those outside of the medical community may not think of eyes as one of Pittsburgh’s specialties, but the region is

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | $25 million Hillman grant will advance vision care research at UPMC

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

February 26, 2021 By Kris B. Mamula The University of Pittsburgh has received a $25 million grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, most of which will support vision care research while spurring growth of the city’s life science economy. Of the total grant, $20 million will fund vision care research through the Eye & Ear Foundation, which supports Pitt’s departments of ophthalmology and otolaryngology. At the center of the research is the UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower, which is funded by UPMC and under construction on the campus of UPMC Mercy Hospital, Uptown. “If a new treatment happens, it

Pittsburgh Business Times | Hillman Foundation’s $25M gift to boost biomedical research at Pitt

Pittsburgh Business Times

By Paul J. Gough  –  Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times Feb 25, 2021, 11:21am EST The Henry L. Hillman Foundation is giving $25 million to expand the life sciences cluster in Pittsburgh, including $20 million to increase vision care R&D via The Eye & Ear Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh Departments of Opthamology and Otolaryngology. The gift will put the Eye & Ear Foundation’s fundraising campaign to expand the UPMC and Pitt vision R&D at more than halfway. The work will be led by Dr. José‐Alain Sahel, a world-renowned eye expert who joined Pitt in 2016 and is in charge of the development

UPMC Kildare Installs High-Tech Laser for Eye Surgery

José-Alain Sahel, MD

February 16, 2021 By: Courtney Caprara, UPMC UPMC Kildare Hospital, located in Clane, Ireland, is the first hospital in that country to install an innovative laser with the potential to transform laser eye surgery. This portable technology, called the Ziemer Z8, uses short bursts of energy to create gas bubbles that make a small incision in the patient’s cornea, and then a laser corrects their vision. The Ziemer Z8 is less invasive and more precise than traditional devices, which use a small blade to achieve the same incision. “This promising technology provides patients with a more comfortable surgical experience and

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CBS Pittsburgh | Pitt Teams With FDA To Develop Therapies That Could One Day Restore Vision To Blind People

CBS Pittsburgh

The research will identify patient needs, difficulties and expectations while developing methods and measurements for assessing visual impairment. By Dr. Maria Simbra, CBS Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The University of Pittsburgh is collaborating with the Food and Drug Administration to help people with impaired vision. The research will identify patient needs, difficulties and expectations while developing methods and measurements for assessing visual impairment. Pitt’s Department of Ophthalmology has been developing cell therapies and gene therapies, optic nerve regeneration, prosthetic vision, and brain stimulation to restore sight. “We are really fighting blindness from many angles,” says Dr. Sahel. “We try to protect what is

Advancing Care by Advancing Access

Advancing Care by Advancing Access

For 35 years, The Eye & Ear Foundation has been committed to supporting promising research in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh that has the potential to transform patient care and patient outcomes. Better care leads to better health, and we are fortunate to be living and working in a region with the highest quality academic medical center that attracts experts from around the globe to improve the care we can offer to people. However, while Pittsburgh has so many excellent resources and services to provide those with medical needs, we know that there are