The 92130-based Vision of Children Foundation (VOC) funded research that led to the recent discovery of mutations in a second gene that can trigger ocular albinism, a genetic eye disease characterized by vision abnormalities. Ocular albinism was previously believed to be caused solely by mutations in the OA1 gene, a discovery that was made in the 1990s from research that was also funded by VOC. 

VOC-funded researchers have made great strides in the world of vision science over the past two decades, and continue to work toward the goal of eradicating ocular albinism altogether. “Through this research, we can foresee a day in the not-so-distant future when these and other vision diseases will be curable,” said VOC Co-Founder Sam Hardage. Learn more at