Tyler Baum is an energetic and determined 12-year-old who loves soccer, baseball and basketball. Unfortunately, he has never seen a crisp, clear world. Baum was born with a rare, genetic condition called aniridia, meaning “without iris” (the colored part of the eye). He has endured seven eye surgeries, and his sight will continue to deteriorate over time. It is unlikely that Baum will be able to drive; however, with medical advancements, his family is hopeful that he can one day achieve this important milestone.
The Vision for Tomorrow (VFT) Foundation was founded and is now run by parents of children with low vision. Baum’s parents joined VFT to help raise money to fund eye-related research. The projects focus on anirida and albinism, but the knowledge gained helps improve the lives of those with other eye-related problems. We all know someone affected by glaucoma, cataracts, nystagmus, strabismus, corneal keratopathy, light sensitivity or reduced visual acuity. VFT is committed to finding treatments, cures and preventions for these conditions.
VFT has established relationships with leading researchers in this field. More than 90 percent of the funds raised by VFT are directly invested in these exciting research projects.
Parents from all over the world look to gather information about their visually impaired child by visiting www.visionfortomorrow.org. VFT is most proud of its on-going, cutting-edge research in low-vision projects. Together, VFT can make it possible for more people, especially children in the local community, to see the world in a better light.
MORE INFORMATION ON VISION FOR TOMORROW IS AVAILABLE ONLINE. VISIT WWW.VISIONFORTOMORROW.ORG.