Dr. Price’s lifelong ambition is not only to restore the best possible sight to patients but also to improve the treatments and techniques used in ophthalmic care worldwide.
Dr. Price founded the Cornea Research Foundation of America (CRFA), a non-profit clinical research organization in 1988 to begin raising funds to support his growing research program. Founded with a mission to give people back the use of their eyes with a commitment to education, CRFA has made many significant contributions to the eye care community while conducting more than 100 clinical research studies. In addition, the Foundation houses the largest ongoing database for cornea transplants in the Western Hemisphere with more than 6,500 records. Together with Price Vision Group, the work of the Foundation has dramatically changed the way we approach vision problems.
Here are just a few of the many ways in which CRFA has made an impact:
- Successfully helped to pioneer a new cornea transplant method called endothelial keratoplasty (EK, DSEK, and DMEK). These methods dramatically improve outcomes for patients in terms of surgical healing time, optimizing visual recovery and reducing transplant rejection rates from 20 percent to less than 1 percent.
- Provide education to eye care professionals through the training of more than 600 ophthalmic surgeons from over 30 countries on cutting-edge techniques to treat conditions such as Fuchs’ dystrophy, keratoconus, cataracts, and glaucoma.
- Provided thousands of hours of continuing education to optometrists throughout the Midwest on how to identify and treat conditions and when to refer patients to specialists.
- Published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters sharing key study results with eye surgeons around the globe.
- Played a key role in a number of research studies that have resulted in the approval and usage of modern medications and devices for the treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, refractive errors (LASIK vision correction) and much more!
Visit the Foundation’s website to read in-depth about current initiatives.
To connect with other patients, visit the Cornea Forum, an online forum resource that connects people with problems like Fuchs’ dystrophy, keratoconus, glaucoma and more. Join today and share your story.