“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” –Robert Siltanen
CEF and AAPOS thrive today because our DNA is marked by people who had the courage and conviction to create magnificent change – to create a subspecialty to make life better for children and for adults with strabismus. Doctors Costenbader, Parks, Albert, Friendly, O’Neill – these were the founding fathers of CEF (Children’s Eye Foundation) and AAPOS (American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus); carried on by the incomparable Dr. George Beauchamp.
When George passed away last April, it left a big hole in our hearts. However, the board of CEF recommitted itself to the important mission of the Foundation and the vision that George had instilled in each of us. We have a resounding purpose – every child deserves a life with good sight. We took several steps in 2016:
- First, we updated our infrastructure, so we can communicate with tech-savvy, mobile parents or adults with strabismus who are seeking information with the trustworthy authority of AAPOS.
- We created SeeMore, our new logo & mascot! We’re excited for you to meet our spunky owl in the coming weeks!
- We continued further integration with AAPOS so we can work even better together to achieve our shared strategic goals.
- But the best part of CEF is what we do that matters to help families and kids!
What do we do, you ask? Here’s a snapshot of what we did in 2016:
- Launched the Screen Eyes Early (SEE) campaign to educate pediatricians and parents about the dangers of amblyopia, promoting the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that call for instrument-based vision screening starting at age 1 during annual well doctor visits and routine eye chart testing when the child is able. We disseminated our Instrument Screening Guide to 60,000 pediatricians through AAP and AAPOS.
- Redesigned our website, ChildrensEyeFoundation.org, to provide a space for parents and visitors seeking reliable information from the experts at AAPOS and supportive resources about kids eye care and adult strabismus care.
- Funded 4 Miller International Travel Grants, enabling pediatric ophthalmologists from underserved regions of the world to attend the 2017 AAPOS scientific meeting. Since 2012, CEF has funded 18 Miller International Travel Grants!
- Funded a $7,500 grant to IPOSC (International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council), supporting the retinopathy of prematurity Africa task force meeting,
- Sponsored the esteemed annual Costenbader Lecture delivered at AAPOS.
- Inaugurated the Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Hall of Fame to preserve history and inspire future achievement. This gallery is filled with people who were crazy enough to think they could change the world, and did! Marvelous teachers, surgeons, clinicians, scientists, humanitarians, innovators and visionaries. Who’s your hero? Are you next?
George would be so proud to meet the new and improved Children’s Eye Foundation!