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WASHINGTON – The Foundation Fighting Blindness, an organization devoted to researching preventative measures and treatment for vision related illnesses, honored U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) with the Visionary Award for his leadership and support for preventative treatments and cures for people affected with vision impairments.

“The fight to cure vision deficiencies is near and dear to my heart. As an optometrist, I have been blessed with opportunities to share my knowledge and training helping people who suffer from vision problems. I am honored to receive this award and am confident with the continued efforts of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, its research will continue to lead to significant breakthroughs that will help those afflicted with vision related illnesses,” Boozman said.

Boozman helped found the low vision program at the Arkansas School for the Blind and worked as a volunteer optometrist at a clinic that provides medical service to low-income families. His commitment to providing people with eye care has also brought him to Costa Rica and Haiti.

Boozman accepted the Visionary Award during the 9th Annual ‘For the Love of Sight’ Visionary Awards Dinner on Tuesday. Created in 2003, ‘For the Love of Sight’ has raised nearly $3.5 million for blindness research.

“We’re honored to recognize Senator Boozman and unite Capitol Hill leaders to raise awareness about blinding diseases that affect millions worldwide, young and old,” Foundation Fighting Blindness CEO Bill Schmidt said. “’For the Love of Sight’ helps bring our research efforts one step closer to a cure.”