Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Indy 500 race car raises awareness for the UI Wynn Institute for Vision Research

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Buddy Lazier, the 1996 Indy 500 winner, drove the No. 91 University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone car in the 2014, 98th running of the 500-mile race. The Indy car sought to raise awareness of the UI’s Wynn Institute’s research involving blinding eye diseases. While the car was unable to finish the race due to a problem with the car, it succeeded in bringing the attention of the racing world to vision research efforts at The University of Iowa's Wynn Institute for Vision Research.

Lazier’s own family has been impacted by eye disease. His daughter was born with a rare eye disorder called aniridia, which can cause reduction in visual acuity and increased sensitivity to light. Sponsorship of the Lazier Partners Racing team’s car brought hope to others facing inherited eye disease around the world.

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