YONKERS - A local businessman is leading in the fight to end blindness.

Despite losing significant vision to a rare retinal disease when he was 19, Evan Mittman built Cipriani, one of the largest accessories companies in the fashion business. Mittman has worked with major designers like Calvin Klein on products.

He's also a major supporter of research and awareness as a member of the Foundation Fighting Blindness board of directors and has helped create an annual Visionary Awards Dinner.

Mittman joined Chelsea Edwards in the News 12 studios to talk about the foundation's cutting-edge basic and clinical research and fundraising efforts.