Wills Eye Hospital to Use $5 Million Gift to Support Expansion

July 13, 2018: By Joan McKenna

Wills Eye Hospital will use a new $5 million gift to support initiatives in data mining and analytics, tele-ophthalmology, expanded community-based research, and the creation of a clinical trials unit, the Philadelphia hospital announced July 2.

Philanthropists Vickie and Jack Farber donated the money after giving the institution $2 million in 2015.

The hospital will rename the 15th floor of its Center City building the Vickie and Jack Farber Vision Research Center at Wills Eye, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The new center will work in conjunction with the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University in looking for cures for ophthalmic and neurologic diseases that are closely related.

Wills provides primary and subspecialty care in the areas of cataract, cornea, retina, emergency care, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, ocular oncology, oculoplastics, pathology, pediatric ophthalmology and ocular genetics, and refractive surgery.

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