Committed to education and research in the prevention of blindness, the Rand Eye Foundation
, a federally registered non-profit 501 3 (c) organization, was established in 1985 to continue the educational and philanthropic efforts of the Rand Eye Institute
. In the local community, across the country and around the world, the Rand Eye Foundation remains a strong advocate for the prevention of blindness through early detection and education. Some of the Foundation's outreach programs include its Speakers Bureau,
international charity missions and its support of the Dehoernele Alzheimers Pavilion in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
The Rand Eye Foundation's international charitable missions and surgical expeditions bring the gift of sight to people of third-world countries. Its purpose is to create a lasting benefit for all of the people in these underdeveloped regions, who would otherwise would remain blind for life. In addition to providing charity surgery, the Foundation provides a cost- free, post-graduate seminar for the local eye surgeons. Teaching the essential elements of the Rand Eye Institute's more advanced technology and donating equipment, the Rand Eye Foundation enables the local eye surgeons to continue to provide modern eye surgery.
While Dr. Rand's most recent mission took him and his team of doctors to Chile, a previous expedition to Bolivia allowed him to perform free eye surgeries for more than 40 blind patients, while simultaneously instructing 43 Bolivian eye surgeons via closed circuit television. In appreciation for bringing modern cataract technology to their country, the Bolivian government, the School of Medicine and the local ophthalmology association presented awards in recognition of Dr. Rand's contribution to the welfare of their country. A microsurgery facility in Santa Cruz, Bolivia was renamed in honor of the Rand Eye Institute.
In addition to charity functions, the Foundation maintains a variety of programs aimed at advancing the field of ophthalmology with post-graduate education, microsurgical instruction and cataract surgery courses. The Rand Eye Foundation has also made significant contributions to the field of ophthalmological research, including the investigation of various lens exchanges, the evaluation of the Dom-Koester implant for macular degeneration and the publication of Rand-Stein Analgesia Protocol.
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