The Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration

The Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh is a multidisciplinary research and clinical program dedicated to discovering and delivering new cures for blindness and vision impairment.

As the world’s first comprehensive program dedicated to ocular regenerative medicine, the center’s researchers and clinicians develop nontraditional therapies for the prevention and treatment of vision impairment and loss through the use of:

  • Regenerative research and translation
  • Tissue engineering
  • Cell therapy
  • Gene therapy
  • Transplantation

Vision impairment is defined as residual or persistent loss of vision in both eyes after treatment and stabilization of ophthalmic disease or injury. Vision impairment can range from mild to profound, with total or near total blindness. Vision impairment is one of the ten most common disabilities in America.

The Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh is a joint program of UPMC Eye Center and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and specializes in the most common diseases associated with vision loss, including:

  • Macular disease – such as retinal degenerations, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein, and artery occlusion
  • Optic nerve disorders – such as glaucoma and other optic neuropathies
  • Corneal scarring
  • Ocular trauma

In addition, the center provides patients and caregivers with information about research, eye care, eye diseases and disorders, new treatments to maximize vision recovery and function, and information and access to the latest tools and devices available for assisting the visually impaired.

Visit the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh website for more information.

Also, visit our Make a Donation page for information about making a gift to help improve the quality of life for patients with vision impairments.

Contact Us

For more information, or to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist, please contact the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration of UPMC at 412-864-3283.

Request an appointment online.


New Co-Directors Announced

On July 1, The Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration announced Joel S. Schuman, MD and Alan J. Russell, PhD as interim co-directors following founding director Maj. Gen. (retired) Gale S. Pollock's relocation to Washington, DC. Dr. Schuman is the chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the UPMC Eye Center. Dr. Russell is the director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.

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