This year marks 64 years that the Ohio Lions Eye Research Foundation (OLERF) has been committed to finding treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases. With your support, we have been able to develop new breakthroughs and fund groundbreaking research that provides hope to those living with blinding retinal diseases through our grants and fellowships. However, there is still much more work to be done in the fight against blindness, and we cannot do it without you. Now is the time to renew/continue your dedication to ending blindness and vision loss here and around the world.

You can help OLERF find treatments and cures by continuing your commitment as a supporter to those affected by retinal diseases. Just look at what we have been able to accomplish together however, there is still more work to be done and we will not stop until we have eradicated blinding retinal diseases and restored vision across the world.

  • All funds received by OLERF remain in Ohio for research
  • $466,248.80 committed last year for 13 research projects
  • Over $7 million dollars have been given to Ohio researchers by OLERF

More than 10 million Americans - and millions more worldwide - live with blinding retinal diseases.  Your support brings hope for therapies, treatments, and cures. Each District in Ohio has an OLERF member. Contact them for more information or to donate.


May 15, 2021 Annual Meeting Minutes to MD-13 State

May 21, 2021  Organizational Meeting at the MD-13 State Convention


July 31, 2021  Allocation Meeting and First meeting of the new Lions year.

The Ohio Lions Eye Research (OLERF) held their first meeting of the year, hosted the 2VDGs to a tour/briefing of the OLERF laboratory at The Ohio State University by OSU lab staff and took the 2VDGs to dinner.


September 3, 2021  ZOOM Meeting for Final Grant Proposals and Discuss New Website

Total grants by OLERF for 2021-2022 is $579,291.47 which is the most OLERF has ever given out. Outstanding work by the OLERF trustees and special thanks to Dr. Deb and Dr. Mary for their thorough review and recommendations.


November 20, 2021  Meeting at Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio

Planned discussion occurred for each Committee including our internal audit of accounts by the Audit Committee. A presentation and a tour of the Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio was provided by LEBWCO Executive Director, Lion Shannon Schweitzer.  Many more pictures of our visit and tour are provided here.


The next meeting of OLERF is planned for February 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM.  The meeting will be conducted using Zoom.

2021-2022  Allocation Summary

2021-2022  Funded Research

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