05/02/2008

WVU Eye Institute receives two grants

Funds to support Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project and Residency Education Program

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Eye Institute recently received $25,000 in grants from two foundations – the Ross Foundation and the Alcon Foundation, Inc. – to deliver programs to benefit young West Virginians and the doctors who treat them.

The Ross Foundation, which is based in Parkersburg, W.Va., awarded the WVU Eye Institute a $10,940 grant to provide scholarship assistance for children from the foundation’s service region to participate in two Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project (CVRP) initiatives to take place in Parkersburg.

Two clinics will be held – one in the spring followed by one in the summer – and both will serve visually impaired/disabled school-aged children from Doddridge, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie and Wood counties.

The clinics provide an evaluation of children with vision loss or limitations and assistance to improve their home and education environments. The Summer Institutes are a week-long camp experience for children who have significant vision limitations or are completely blind to receive direct instruction on specific skills to live full and productive lives.

Last year, the Ross Foundation provided a $20,250 grant for the CVRP, which is the only program of its kind in West Virginia and one of only a handful of programs offered nationwide that is based on the needs of visually impaired students. It was initiated in 1996 through a small grant from the West Virginia Lions.

The Alcon Foundation, Inc., which is the corporate foundation for Alcon, provided the Eye Institute with a $15,000 grant to support its Residency Education Program.  Residents are physicians who are being trained in a specific medical specialty.

Funds from the Alcon grant will be used for the purchase of much needed equipment, supplies and technology for the new residents and expand curriculum for second- and third-year residents.

During the three-year residency program, doctors spend approximately four months in the specialty areas of comprehensive ophthalmology, medical retina, surgical retina, glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology and oculoplastics, and cornea.

For more information on the WVU Eye Institute, visit www.wvueyeinstitute.com                                               

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
asj: 05-02-08

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