Colcom Foundation was established in 1996 to raise awareness and support for people living with corneal disease. The Foundation aims to raise funds and awareness, encourage research into better treatments, create a platform of cooperation between eye specialists and the public, support professional providers in medical treatment processes, and provide training opportunities for volunteer ophthalmologists and ophthalmic technicians.
Colcom Foundation has achieved remarkable results in these areas by involving professionals from diverse backgrounds in collaboration and working with individuals who have a personal connection to corneal disease. It has developed a partnership between the eye care community and corporate America, allowing it to thrive.
Through the WHO Colcom Foundation Awards, Colcom works to honor the talented professionals who have devoted their lives to patient care and education. The annual awards ceremony accompanies the IDSA meeting in Orlando, Florida. It has brought together a team of experts from diverse fields to tackle the challenges surrounding blindness and to find solutions. This collaboration results from the Colcom Vision Initiative, an effort to prevent or cure blindness by saving sight and enriching lives.
The Colcom Vision Initiative is a collaboration between global eye care specialists with a common goal – to save sight, enhance the quality of life and accelerate the translation of promising biomedical technologies into real-world applications to improve patient care. The initiative explores collaborative opportunities with scientists, researchers, industry, and government in the development of new treatments for eye disease. The initiative consists of workshops, meetings, symposia, and publications designed to better understand the challenges associated with sight-threatening eye diseases by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds who represent academia, industry, government, and patient advocacy groups.
Since its inception in 1996, Colcom has successfully organized major customer appreciation events in New York City, Anaheim, California; Orlando, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia and Dallas, Texas. Thousands of guests attended the events and benefited from fundraising raffles, among other special events, throughout the years.
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