About CEF – Children's Eye Foundation

About CEF

Our Mission is to Eliminate Preventable Vision Loss in Children.

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Our Programs

Screen Eyes Early Program
A Simple Screening Saves a Sight

Amblyopia (lazy eye) is the #1 cause of vision loss in children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends every child’s eyes be screened routinely starting at age 12 months during routine check-ups. Instrument-based vision screening is a proven, game-changing technology that makes it possible to identify silent disease early in life when treatment outcomes are best. Eye chart testing is still the gold standard in children who are able to cooperate. CEF’s Screen Eyes Early (SEE) campaign educates parents, pediatricians, primary care physicians, school nurses & educators about vision screening standards & tools that make early detection more possible than ever before. CEF’s SEE campaign seeks to ensure that no child with a vision problem gets missed, thus saving sight in many thousands of children with preventable or correctable vision problems.

 

Patient and Parent Information Portal

This is an online resource center for parents and patients seeking information about a specific childhood eye condition, or searching for information about routine eye health in children. Learn about childhood eye conditions. Find a pediatric ophthalmologist. Know the warning signs. Find answers to frequently asked questions. Watch stories from other parents. Every parent should know if their child’s eyes are healthy, and should be empowered with education about specific conditions. The information on this site is composed and reviewed by trustworthy experts in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus from the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS).

 

Marilyn Miller, MD  International Travel Grants

Every year these grants are given by CEF and AAPOS to international pediatric ophthalmologists who don’t otherwise have the means to attend the AAPOS Annual Scientific Conference in the USA or Canada. This program supports the training of pediatric eye care specialists and makes eye care services more available in underserved, underdeveloped regions worldwide. By attending the conference, these doctors gain the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in procedures and technology, engage with other pediatric ophthalmologists about what they are doing in their practices, and establish valuable connections in the field. Recipients of the Travel Grants return to their home countries with new skills, knowledge, and relationships that benefit their patients and allow them to train others and improve care.

AAPOS Directed Grants

CEF is a proud supporter of the International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council (IPOSC), a council of organizations in pediatric ophthalmology worldwide who are working together to preserve and restore eye health and enhance visual function in children, and ocular alignment and binocularity in children and adults throughout the world.

Early Investigator Research Grant Program

Dedicated to supporting new research into strabismus, amblyopia, & other eye diseases to improve diagnosis & treatment for children with these diseases. These grants fund research that can help eliminate preventable vision loss in children.

 

Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Hall of Fame

Who Is Your Hero In Pediatric Ophthalmology And Strabismus? Learn about extraordinary people who devoted their lives to improving vision care for children, so that children could have a life with good sight. Discover the magnificent scientific discoveries in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus that have opened doors to better care of children’s eye and vision health and of adults with strabismus. Take pride in the captivating stories of marvelous teachers, surgeons, clinicians, scientists, innovators, humanitarians, and visionaries, as told in their biographical sketches on display in this traveling and online exhibit.

 

Awards that Honor Distinguished Achievments and Service

Marshall M. Parks M.D. Medal – As a tribute to the legacy of the CEF founder, the Parks Medal is awarded to individuals that have made significant contributions to the field of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.

Frank D. Costenbader Lecture – Inaugurated in 1974 to honor this renowned strabismologist and the founder of the specialty of pediatric ophthalmology, this lecture is presented annually at the AAPOS Scientific Conference.

George R. Beauchamp Champions for Vision Award – As a tribute to the legacy of the longtime CEF Chairman, this award celebrates individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary efforts to champion children’s vision.

Meet SeeMore

SeeMore is our smart, spunky owl mascot who has a simple mathematical formula for saving sight in kids:

EARLY DETECTION + EXPERT TREATMENT + TRUSTWORTHY INFORMATION = SEEMORE

About CEF

The Children’s Eye Foundation (CEF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to eliminate preventable vision loss in children. Originally founded in 1970 as the National Children’s Eye Care Foundation (NCECF), CEF is the official foundation of the world’s largest physician organization dedicated to children’s eye care and adults with strabismus, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). Our modern logo and mascot, SeeMore represent the ideals inspired by our founders — to help children see more, and the enduring wisdom to achieve this by promoting early detection and expert treatment; and by fostering the training and research of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus-expert physicians. Today, we achieve our mission through programs that promote early detection, expert treatment and trustworthy information about eye conditions in children.

How Donations Help to Fund Specific Needs:

$10 provides educational resources for our Screen Eyes Early campaign to heighten awareness about childhood vision loss.

$25 reaches 100 pediatricians with vision screening and amblyopia prevention information, and provides information about how to incorporate instrument-based vision screening in their practices.

$20 a month for a year – if 10 people make a donation of this size, CEF can send a doctor from an underserved country with a high rate of preventable childhood blindness to the AAPOS Annual Scientific Conference to learn the latest advancements in the treatment and prevention of vision disorders in children.

$40 a month for a year – if just 2 people make a donation of this size, CEF can send a pediatric ophthalmologist to present the esteemed Costenbader Lecture at the annual AAPOS Scientific conference, the world’s premier annual meeting on pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.

$50 – if every AAPOS member made a donation of this size, CEF could award 10 Early Investigator Research Grants to qualified researchers. These $10,000 seed grants fund critical research could lead to the next generation of advancements in preventing, treating or eradicating childhood eye diseases, and these grants help pediatric ophthalmologists launch careers as physician scientists.

$100 honors the extraordinary achievements featured in the Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Hall of Fame, preserving the history of the profession and inspiring the future by highlighting magnificent achievements.

$500 funds one year of our online library of parent-friendly information about children’s eye care. $1000 supports the Costenbader Lectureship for one year, enhancing medical education for pediatric ophthalmologists.

$2000 funds a Miller Travel Grant for an ophthalmologist from an underserved country attend the AAPOS conference to gain new information & specialized training in pediatric ophthalmology.

$2,500 supports a workshop that will train international doctors to improve delivery of sight saving Retinopathy of Prematurity care in rural or underserved areas of the world.

$5,000 funds CEF development of new programs and builds a stronger Foundation base.

Children’s Eye Foundation Board of Directors and Staff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS  

M. Edward Wilson, MD, Chair
David Epley, MD, President
Mohamad Jaafar, MD, Secretary
Michael Abrams, MD
Cynthia Beauchamp, MD
Jack Baker, MD, Immediate Past Chair
Denise Chamblee, MD
Stephen Christiansen, MD
Mary Louise Collins, MD
William Gibson, PhD
Sheryl Menacker, MD
Sidney Silver, Esq.
Merrie Spaeth
Luke Zeutzius

STAFF  

Jen Anderson, Director of Development
Elizabeth Epley, Office Manager
Tami Frank, Director of Programs and Operations 

The Children’s Eye Foundation (CEF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Originally founded in 1970 as the National Children’s Eye Care Foundation (NCECF), CEF is the official foundation of the world’s largest physician organization dedicated to children’s eye care and adults with strabismus, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). Our modern logo and mascot, SeeMore represent the ideals inspired by our founders — to help children see more, and the enduring wisdom to achieve this by promoting early detection and expert treatment; and by fostering the training and research of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus-expert physicians.