About Our Work

The Department of Ophthalmology and Kittner Eye Center have an unwavering mission to improve patient health by pioneering new ways to treat and prevent eye disease, preparing the next generation of ophthalmologists, and providing the highest-quality clinical care.

Building on the strength of its current team of clinicians, researchers, and collaborative relationships, Kittner Eye has established the Carolina Eye Research Institute. This dynamic Institute will lead the way in discovering new treatments, delivering innovative methods to restore sight, and performing thoughtful clinical trials.

As we move forward to establish the Carolina Eye Research Institute, we seek partners to invest in these efforts. With your support, we seek to raise $45 million to provide funding now and in the future.

Our goals are as follows:
Translational Research $25 million
Innovative Clinical Research $7 million
Training Programs $10 million
Eye Care for the Underserved $3 million

Support the Department of Ophthalmology and Kittner Eye Center

Ophthalmology Fund

The Department relies on annual gifts of $500,000 to support new research projects, patient care, administrative support, and new equipment purchases. Annual gifts also fund faculty recruitment and provide bridge funding to researchers when they are without grants.

Through these efforts, we maintain our commitment to serve all who need our help, including those who cannot afford quality eye care and treatment, locally and globally. Your support will make a difference, now and in the future.


UNC Eye Research Institute Fund

The National Federation of the Blind reports that 254,000 individuals in North Carolina live with visual disability (source: https://nfb.org/blindness-statistics). Imagine research that improves vision, prevents eye disease, enables people at risk for visual impairment to prevent and delay blindness, and offers those with visual impairment opportunities that many of us take for granted. This is what we imagine at UNC Ophthalmology.


Ophthalmology Resident Research, Training and Education Fund

Kittner Eye Center has been training residents in ophthalmology since the 1960s, providing clinical training opportunities for those interested in pursuing careers as ophthalmologists. Kittner Eye Center currently has four positions per year for residents and offers a rigorous, hands-on experience. Funds supporting residency education are used for travel, meetings, and research projects by Kittner Eye residents.



┬áTo make a donation by mail, please send a check to the address below. Make check payable to “The Medical Foundation of N.C., Inc” and, in the memo line, please note the fund you wish to support.

The Medical Foundation of N.C., Inc
PO Box 1050
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-9981

Should you have any questions or would like to discuss your support, please contact:

Susan Ervin
Director of Development, Opthamology
305.537.3762 (cell)