The Institute for Vision Research (IVR) was created to allow the University of Iowa to take a world-leading role in the eradication of human blindness through interdisciplinary research, education and clinical care.
The eradication of blindness is a major scientific goal on par with the pursuit of cures for cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and AIDS. Common blinding diseases like age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma affect millions of people world wide.
Genetic Testing for AMD
Genetic Testing for Macular Degeneration (PDF)
Recommendations for Genetic Testing of Inherited Eye Diseases (PDF)
American Academy of Ophthalmology Discourages Genetic Testing for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (PDF)
Our Research Mission
- Cure inherited blindness
- Leave no one behind
- Compete against blindness and ignorance, not other scientists or institutions