The Eye Defects Research Foundation (Eye Birth Defects Research Foundation Inc.), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1994 with the intention of conducting research and providing financial support for a group of children with rare eye defects leading to pediatric blindness. In addition to stimulating research, the Foundation has supported seven international conferences on Genetic Disease and the Eye, in order to educate physicians in the treatment of these rare disorders. Over the past ten years, the Foundation has performed pediatric corneal transplants on over 100 children from ten different countries and provided financial support for costly anti-rejection medication. In 2008, the Foundation made a ground-breaking surgical advance by supporting an artificial pediatric corneal transplant or keratoprosthesis.
The Foundation is an internationally recognized institution. The late Ray Charles, famed musician, sat on the Foundation's board of directors until his death in 2004. The Ray Charles Foundation continues to be involved with the Eye Defects Research Foundation.
If you would like to learn more about the Eye Defects Research Foundation, please click HERE to visit their website. The EDRF tax identification number is 95-4554504