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Donald J. Digby, MD: Commitment to a Cure
Dr. Donald Digby's career as an ophthalmologist spanned almost four decades. In that time, he and his wife raised five children and welcomed seven grandchildren. He has seen his practice, Digby Eye Associates, grow to include two thriving offices in North Carolina, and he has witnessed glaucoma treatments evolve from the eye drops of the 1970s to today's laser and drug treatments.
With the future of his patients and their families in mind, Donald, whose own father had glaucoma, decided to include Glaucoma Research Foundation in his estate plans. "In my will are my children, my church and Glaucoma Research Foundation," he says.
Having helped more than 5,000 patients with glaucoma, Donald developed deep relationships with those who face this type of vision loss. "When it comes to my glaucoma patients, they know my children's names and I know their children's names. They're like family to me," Donald says. "I want to do everything I can to keep them from going blind. That's why I support Glaucoma Research Foundation and their search for a cure."
Donald relies on Glaucoma Research Foundation to provide educational brochures to his office, which he then distributes to his patients and their families. "I hand the brochures out to every patient with glaucoma or a family history of glaucoma, and I tell them to read Glaucoma Research Foundation's newsletter and visit their website for additional information," Donald says.
"Glaucoma Research Foundation is very careful about who they give research dollars to and they're very forward thinking by funding researchers who are looking for things that will make a difference," Donald continues. "Glaucoma Research Foundation is motivated by altruism, and they've never let me down."
Glaucoma Research Foundation is indebted to Donald for his extraordinary dedication to his patients and ongoing partnership in our search for a cure. We are honored to welcome him as a member of the Blanche Matthias Society in recognition of his commitment to support our sight-saving endeavors through his estate plans.
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