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Eyecare for Kids Photo Contest Now Live
Eyecare for Kids, which consists of an online photography contest and calendar, is one of our most popular programs aimed at raising awareness about children’s vision issues.
How Do I Participate?
When is the Contest Held?
- Each March we host a photography contest based on a theme. The theme for the contest this year is, "Sights of the Season."
How Does it Work?
- Please note: each person is allowed to vote for one entry per 24 hours.
- We invite our website visitors to submit a photo that meets the theme and then voting is enabled for each entry. Each year, thousands of votes are submitted on our website and the top 10 vote-recipients receive a digital camera.
- Voting is open from April 1, 2013, to September 27th and each household is allowed to submit one entry
How is the Calendar Created?
- A panel of Children’s Eye Foundation judges looks at all of the submitted photographs and works with a designer to develop and print the annual calendar. The 2013 Calendar is available for purchase from our online store for $15, including domestic shipping.
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2013 Parks Silver Medalist - David Taylor, FRCOpth, DSc (Med)
David was born in Hobart, Tasmania, after his mother and sister escaped the invasion of Singapore and his father was interned. They rejoined in England in 1946 and he grew up in Malaya until they returned to Sussex, England in 1949. Despite the excellence of Dauntsey’s school, he did not distinguish himself but startled his teachers, parents and himself by securing a place at Liverpool Medical School. In the 1960’s the city was alive with music, friends and fun despite the surrounding industrial decline and unrest. As co-organizer of the University balls, he hired the then unknown Beatles for three three-hour performances. This and other activities nearly cost his place at medical school and led to short rations but impressed the need to pass examinations as well as the more interesting experiences of patients’ symptoms and signs and the arts of treating and caring for them.
During internship, the clinical geneticist Professor Sir Cyril Clarke’s enthusiasm for ophthalmology opened his eyes to the great variety within ophthalmology and to the surgery. The “new genetics” had not started then and this was always a gap in David’s armamentarium!
David and Anna, brought up near each other, were married in Sussex in 1969; a long honeymoon was accompanied by May and Worth’s textbook before an intensely practical internship in St Paul’s Eye Hospital, Liverpool.
A lucky withdrawal of another candidate led to another internship at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London in Plastic Surgery and Ophthalmology which then enabled the jump from Liverpool to Moorfields Eye Hospital, High Holborn, London, aided by a sober confidential reference being accidentally substituted for an over-enthusiastic open reference. The rich apprenticeship experience at Moorfields was supplemented by the brilliant teaching of the senior fellows.
Moorfields was followed by a further time at GOSH as a research fellow and then, in early 1976 a six-week observership with Dr Marshall Parks in Washington DC where six weeks were spent in the clinic or operating room, staying at his house under the kindly eye of his wife, Angeline and some of their children. This was a career-changing insight into an American way of practicing ophthalmology from running an office, the honest, courteous and efficient handling of patients, the passion for the practical and academic aspects of pediatric ophthalmology and the respectful and gentlemanly way that Marshall conducted his life and brought joy to himself and those around him.
In mid-1976, David was appointed jointly to GOSH and to the National Hospitals for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square (NHQS) and given the chance of a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology. He obtained a fellowship with Professor William F. Hoyt, becoming one of the fortunate recipients of the penetrating mind and choleric tongue of that charismatic neuro-ophthalmologist in his prime.
The next thirty years were spent at GOSH, partly at NHQS and latterly as Professor at University College London, with an academic and clinical pediatric ophthalmology department that worked particularly in the areas of congenital cataract and vision development, vision development and neurophysiology, eye movements and in Pediatric Ophthalmic Epidemiology.
Academic collaborations led to over 200 publications, 150 in peer-reviewed journals, 19 named lectureships, 14 medals and 14 visiting professorships. £5.3M in grant and capital funding was raised which lives on as the Ulverscroft Vision Research Group under the leadership of Dr Jugnoo Rahi. David encouraged trainees, fellows and observers from every continent and many have remained in contact throughout their careers.
Editorship of the book Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, latterly with Dr Creig Hoyt, and involving over a hundred authors in four editions was a joy and privilege for him to have been part of. Marshall Parks wrote the foreword to the first edition.
Anna and David have sons Matthew and Nicholas and four grandchildren and interests in forestry, tennis, growing vegetables and sailing. If asked what he had learned from Dr Marshall Parks about necessary characteristics to follow in his footsteps, David would say “honesty, energy, good teaching and a sense of humor”!
A Note from the Chairman: George Beauchamp, MD
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
During 2012, the Children’s Eye Foundation made great strides toward our mission: to eliminate preventable blindness in children. As we continue to focus on children’s vision health, we are evolving how we accomplish our mission.
In response to changes in traditional models of philanthropy, we have begun to develop products and services that will help accomplish our mission. For example, in partnership with 3M, Ortopad and Krafty Patches, we developed the Amblyopia Patching Kit, which helped us raise thousands of dollars, while also encouraging successful treatment of amblyopia.
To accomplish our mission, we divide our programs into three core focus areas, including:
- Vision Screening – See by Three, our vision screening program, continues to train physicians and their staff on how to quickly perform high-quality vision screenings in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics. To date, the program has trained more than 180 medical professionals who have screened 6,000 children.
- Advocacy – Our recent website redesign has made it easier for parents to find high-quality information about children’s vision disorders. During 2012, we helped more than half a million families find the vision information they needed.
- Celebration – From the Parks Medal to the International Travel Grant to our new Star Eyes program, we enjoy celebrating those who save sight and those whose sight has been saved.
Working with AAPOS, our mission remains the elimination of preventable blindness in children. We look forward to a productive 2013 with your help and we are most grateful for your continued support.
With warm regards,
George R. Beauchamp, MD
Chairman, Children's Eye Foundation
Trusted Source for Children’s Vision Health Information
After receiving health information about their child from their physician, many parents head home and search the internet for more information. Our goal is to be the resource parents find when they search for information about amblyopia, strabismus and even vision therapy.
With our website as the centerpiece of an active marketing and communications campaign about children’s vision health, during 2012 we helped more than half a million families find information about children’s vision health.
Partners in Patching
With the support of Nexcare, Ortopad, Krafty Patches and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the Children's Eye Foundation is pleased to re-launch the Amblyopia Patching Kit at a reduced cost of $12, including domestic shipping.
Amblyopia, the most common cause of vision loss in all persons under 50, is treated by patching the "stronger" eye to force the "weaker" eye to work better. This patching process can be very difficult and families sometimes abandon treatment altogether. Because amblyopia can lead to permanent vision loss, there is a great need to support successful patching. With that in mind, the Amblyopia Patching Kit was developed, based on many years of patching experience. Each kit contains:
- Tips and Tricks Guide – based on many years of amblyopia treatment, this document outlines ways parents can increase the likelihood that patching will be successful.
- Patching Calendar with Stickers – to help set short-term patching goals, the kit includes a calendar and stickers for use when patching has been successful.
- Three Types of Patches (10 of each patch, 30 patches total) - the adhesive material on the patch can sometimes cause irritation on the child's skin. To help families to determine which patch might work best for them, a sample of three different types of patches have been included in the kit.
After My Son’s Surgery
Making the Decision to Proceed with Surgery
Explaining Eye Surgery to My Son
Increasing Signs that Surgery Was Needed
Growing Up with Strabismus
Why if May be Important to a Person to Have Strabismus Surgery (and How Much)
About Adults and Strabismus Surgery
Myths About Strabismus Surgery
What are the Potential Complications?
Risks, Benefits, Limitations and Alternatives to Surgery
Timing of Surgery
Choosing Your Surgeon
How is Strabismus Surgery Performed?
The Preoperative Consultation
What are the Options in Strabismus Treatment?
Why is Strabismus Surgery Performed?
What Causes Strabismus?
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Strabismus?
What is Strabismus?
Emma Has An Eye Turn
Parent Perspective on Strabismus Surgery
Things to Consider
What to Expect With Surgery
Making a Decision About Surgery
Background Information on Strabismus Surgery
Patient and Parent Guide to Strabismus Surgery
See by Three Update
See by Three Screens 6,000 Children
See by Three, the vision screening program of the Children's Eye Foundation, has now screened more than 6,000 children in and around Fort Worth, Texas.