The Wake Forest Baptist Health Eye Center, a multi-specialty ophthalmology practice providing comprehensive care for patients throughout the Piedmont Triad, western North Carolina and surrounding regions, has outgrown its current space. Faculty and staff serve more than 75,000 patient visits a year in a facility designed to accommodate approximately 35,000 patient visits a year.
Our goal is to establish a new world-class clinical and educational Eye Center for our region. In this state-of-the-art facility, faculty and staff will have the space necessary to treat an ever-increasing patient base as vision-threatening eye diseases continue to increase rapidly in our country:
- It is estimated that macular degeneration will affect more than 30 million people by 2020, roughly 10 percent of the population—a number that will certainly rise.
- Significant increases are expected in other age-related diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma.
- Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and diabetic blindness is on the rise.
The new Eye Center is a bold and important step in serving our community and our expanding patient base. We expect to raise 50-75 percent of the funds needed to construct and equip it through philanthropy. Join us in this important endeavor.