American Optometric Association External

Discusses what cataracts are, who they are diagnosed, as well as treatment options and the importance of nutrition to eye health.

Vision Aware External

Introduces the topic of cataracts and cataract surgery. Includes a Frequently Asked Questions section, the “cataracts forum” message board, personal stories, and blog posts from cataract experts. Provides a state-by-state guide to finding eye and cataract services.

Cataracts FAQ
Wilmer Eye Institute External

Discusses the symptoms, prevention, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of cataracts.

Health Encyclopedia: Cataracts
AARP External
Offers basic information on types of cataracts, causes, symptoms, risk factors, and diagnosis.

The Lion’s Club Sight First Program: Cataracts
Lions Club International Foundation External

Highlights how The Lion’s Club Sight First Program supports cataract-related projects.

Mission Cataract USA External

Provides free cataract surgery to people of all ages who do not have the means to pay for cataract surgery. Includes a state-by-state search to find participating hospitals, clinics, and doctors.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes Care
American Diabetes Association External

Provides papers on standards of medical care in diabetes and older adults.

Diabetes in Older People
National Institute on Aging External

Offers articles on diabetes in older people. Includes articles on prediabetes, tests for diabetes, managing diabetes, diabetic retinopathy, and help for diabetes covered by Medicare.

Diabetic Eye Disease
National Eye Institute External

Offers an overview of diabetic eye disease. Includes the latest news on research, treatment options, and video animation. Available in HTML and digital audio formats.

Diabetic Retinopathy Defined
National Eye Institute External

Provides statistics on the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy by age, race, ethnicity, and gender.

Facts about Diabetic Eye Disease
National Eye Institute External

Assembles information on the causes and treatment of diabetic retinopathy as well as complications from cataracts and glaucoma. Audio version available.


Care and Treatment
Glaucoma Research Foundation External

Assembles commonly asked questions on laser peripheral iridotomy, gonioscopy, laser vision correction, and other treatments for glaucoma. Illustrates what happens the day of your surgery. Lists sources of financial assistance, low vision resources, and glaucoma support groups.

Facts about Glaucoma
National Eye Institute External

Discusses forms of glaucoma, available treatments, and questions to ask your eye care professional. Also available as a streaming MP3 audio file.

Glaucoma: Silent Cause of Vision Loss
Veterans Health Administration External

Highlights research conducted by the Center of Excellence for the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss to prevent and treat glaucoma and the VA’s programs to prevent and treat glaucoma for veterans.

Glaucoma Tests
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services External

Lists tests for glaucoma covered by Medicare Part B.

Medline Plus: Glaucoma
National Library of Medicine External

Discusses recent genetic research, medications in development, and new treatments and therapies. Provides videos and tutorials that demonstrate how to live with glaucoma, find an expert in glaucoma, and become part of a clinical trial.

Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration
American Optometric Association External

Provides information on the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, including laser and Photodynamic Therapy.

Amsler Grid Eye Test
Macular Degeneration Foundation External

Allows users to test for macular degeneration at home using the Amsler grid.

Dry Macular Degeneration
Mayo Clinic External

Provides an overview of dry macular degeneration. Includes symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, self-management, and links to further research.

Facts about Age-Related Macular Degeneration
National Eye Institute External

Offers detailed articles on age-related macular degeneration, risk factors, and treatment for each stage of the disease. Includes information on vision rehabilitation, which teaches daily living skills so that a person with vision loss can continue to live independently.

Macular Degeneration Foundation External

Provides an eye test and information on disability benefits, treatment, and clinical trials.

Macular Degeneration Partnership External

Provides resources on wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, including a newsletter, support line, support groups, and information on low vision rehabilitation. Website includes adjustable font size, MP3 versions of articles, and high-contrast options.

What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?
American Academy of Ophthalmology External

Discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of age-related macular degeneration. Provides videos on macular degeneration, an online message board where individuals can ask an eye doctor questions, and a list of eye doctors searchable by ZIP code.

What is Macular Degeneration?
American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) External

Summarizes macular degeneration and illustrates what a person sees when he or she had macular degeneration. Allows users to adjust text size of website.

Resources for Eye Health

BrightFocus Foundation
BrightFocus Foundation External

Provides information on glaucoma, macular degeneration, and Alzheimer’s as well as resources for people who are newly blind or learning to live with a vision impairment. Includes databases on experts and clinical trials by state, as well as a community message board.

Clear Advice on Glaucoma, Cataracts, and Macular Degeneration
Consumer Reports External

Rates supplements, drugs, and tests for eye diseases.
Department of Health and Human Services External

Provides a database of publically and privately supported clinical studies around the world. The database is searchable by disease and location.

Clinical Trials in Vision Research
National Eye Institute External

Describes clinical trials on a number of eye-related diseases performed by a clinic located in Bethesda, Maryland.

Cornea Research Foundation of America
Cornea Research Foundation of America External

Tracks statistics for preoperative, surgical, and postoperative transplants.

Eye Health Organizations Database
National Eye Institute External

Lists nonprofit, federal and state government, and academic institutions, searchable by disease or topic.