This excerpt taken from the LUX 6-K filed Jun 4, 2008.
PRESERVING CLEAR VISION
Another important aspect of our social effort includes funding research and education that promote sight preservation. This is achieved through our Pearle Vision Foundation (United States) and monetary grants from Luxottica (Italy).
Pearle Vision Foundation was begun in 1986 to fund research and education to help find cures for preventable causes of blindness. The Foundation provides research grants to support four specific focus areas: studies on diabetic retinopathy (the number one cause of adult blindness in the US), new treatments for retinoblastoma (fast-growing cancer in the eye), ways to maintain healthy vision and new, preventive methods for various eye diseases. The Foundation also supports vision education through scholarships to students pursuing a doctor of optometry degree.
In 2007 in Italy, Luxottica continued to support Telethon by funding a research project conducted
by Professor Alberto Auricchio at the Istituto Telethon di Genetica e Medicina on gene therapy of the eyes photoreceptors, which are damaged by diseases like pigmentary retinitis and Lebers congenita amaurosis.