Thank you for your interest in supporting the John A. Moran Eye Center. 

Our goal at the Moran Eye Center is to provide the best eye care available while finding better treatments and cures for blinding conditions, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, cataracts, and cornea and external eye diseases. With more than 40 ophthalmologists, 11 optometrists, and 29 research faculty members, we have specialists in every field of vision care and research.

Forty years ago when he began his tenure at the University of Utah, Dr. Randall J Olson envisioned a world-class eye center that could provide hope, understanding, and treatment to the people of Utah. In the video below, learn more about the history of the Moran Eye Center and Dr. Olson's vision for the next 40 years.

Today, contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations allow us to remain on the cutting edge of research. Our generous donors also help us provide world-class care, both to our patients at home and worldwide through our international outreach program

Faculty also train 12 residents, four interns, and up to 13 fellows a year in one of the nation’s most selective and highly-regarded academic programs.

We aim to make a lasting difference in patients' lives by becoming one of the premier ophthalmic research institutions in the world. This is only possible with the private financial support of friends and donors like you. Please consider contributing today.

For more information about the Moran Eye Center and how you can help, please contact us at 801-585-9700. 

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Inside the 15 labs at the Moran Eye Center are our best hopes for finding new ways to preserve and save sight. “Hope without a plan is like a car without gas,” says Randall J Olson, MD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and CEO of the Moran Eye Center, “and that gas is our research. Nothing else can replace it.”

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Steele Center for Translational Medicine

In 2009, Dr. Olson and Gregory S. Hageman, PhD, launched the Center for Translational Medicine, later renamed the Sharon Eccles Steele Center for Translational Medicine (SCTM), to advance their most promising research into patient treatments. In recent months, teams have made major breakthroughs to treat a prevalent form of AMD

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Local Outreach

Locally, Moran medical teams volunteer their time to provide care and surgery to those unable to pay, from homeless and refugee clinics in Salt Lake City to the Utah strip of the Navajo Nation. In a typical year, Moran local outreach teams conduct 220 sight-restoring surgeries and 1,200 eye exams at no cost to the patients and distribute 1,100 free pairs of eyeglasses—care that is funded solely by donors.


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International Outreach

Eighty percent of blind individuals in the developing world could easily be cured if they had access to trained ophthalmologists. The problem is there aren’t enough doctors to reach everyone who needs care. Moran’s international outreach work addresses this shortage in a sustainable way by working to train more eye doctors, nurses, and technicians in the places where they are most needed.


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How to Support the Moran Eye Center

Our vision has always been that no one facing a blinding condition should be without hope, understanding, and treatment. Thank you for sharing our passion for this goal and for becoming a partner in our progress.

Your gifts are so deeply appreciated and make such an enormous difference. We pledge to keep you well informed of how they are being used. You may personalize your gift by designating a specific area of support: research; translational medicine; local and international outreach; or greatest need.

Learn more about our varied giving options below, and please consider supporting the extraordinary people at Moran who are giving care and hope to those in need.

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An endowment is a permanent source of financial support to maintain nationally recognized excellence in Moran's research, education, and outreach missions. An endowed gift can be named and is an excellent way of honoring someone important to you. Endowed faculty positions are particularly powerful incentives for attracting and retaining exceptional physicians and scientists and, consequently, raising the visibility of the department and the university. Endowed gifts are invested by the university to generate annual income, and a portion of the income is used to fulfill the donor's wishes. The balance of interest and the appreciation remain in the fund so that the principle continues to grow and keep pace with inflation.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please visit Your Gift to the U, or you can contact your employer's Human Resources Department.

Memorial and Honor Gifts

Many opportunities exist to make gifts to the Moran Eye Center in memory of or to honor a loved one.

Securities and Property Gifts

Individuals who transfer stock or property can receive tax deductions and avoid capital gains. As always, consult your tax advisor before transferring stocks, bonds, or property.


A pledge can be paid over three to five years. This allows the donor to commit to a larger gift amount while enjoying the tax benefits of the actual amount given in a specific calendar year.

Leave a Legacy

For some of our donors, an outright gift is not the best option. Planned gifts can offer significant estate-tax and income benefits, while at the same time allowing donors to make larger gifts to the university than would be otherwise possible. This option enables you to leave a portion of your estate to the Moran Eye Center through your will, your trust, or your life insurance policy. For more information on planned gifts, visit Planned Giving.

Making a Gift

When transferring your funds, you may choose to make a single gift, spread your contributions over a period of time, or choose a deferred giving option. Consider the choices below or download and print our giving form.

Gifts Online—Can be made with a credit or debit card transaction by visiting U Give Now.

Cash or Check Gifts—Can be hand-delivered or mailed to:

Development Office
John A. Moran Eye Center
65 Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax ID# 87-6000525.

Please call Moran's Development Office at 801-585-9700 to learn more about any of these opportunities or arrange a visit to learn more.

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