About CEF/FAAPOS – Children's Eye Foundation of AAPOS


Our mission is to eliminate preventable vision loss in children.

Read our Annual Report Here

Our Programs

Screen Eyes Early (SEE) Amblyopia Prevention Program
A Simple Screening Saves Sight

Our purpose is to help children to see well & have good vision for life and to prevent the #1 cause of vision loss among children, amblyopia (lazy eye). No child with a vision problem should get missed. We are advocates for vision screening in children to detect silent disease before it steals sight. Yet many parents are confused about vision exams vs. vision screening. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends every child’s eyes be screened routinely starting at age 12 months, to catch or prevent vision loss in time. CEF/FAAPOS’s Screen Eyes Early (SEE) campaign educates parents and professionals about replica watches vision screening standards and tools that make it possible to identify silent disease early in life when treatment outcomes are best. Through education and awareness, we can save sight in many thousands of children with preventable or correctable vision problems. See your best, get a vision test. You can stop preventable vision loss in kids.

Information For Patients and Families

Housed on ChildrensEyeFoundation.org, this is an online resource center for parents and patients seeking trustworthy 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 International Travel Grants

This program supports the training of pediatric eye care specialists and makes eye care services more available in underserved regions worldwide. These grants are given to international pediatric ophthalmologists who do not otherwise have the means to attend the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) Annual Meeting, where they have the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in procedures and technology, and engage with other pediatric ophthalmologists about what they are doing in their practices. Recipients 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/FAAPOS 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.

CEF/FAAPOS Research Grant Program

Dedicated to supporting new research into strabismus, amblyopia and 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. Since 1970, Children’s Eye Foundation of AAPOS has granted over $1 million in support of research to advance the understanding of, and care for, children with eye and visual system disorders and for adults with strabismus.  Click here to see a list of past research grants awarded by CEF/FAAPOS.

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 Achievements and Service

Marshall M. Parks Medal – As a tribute to the legacy of the CEF/FAAPOS 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 Annual Meeting.

Champions for Vision Award – 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:



Our mission is to end preventable blindness in children.

Our purpose is to help children to see well and have good vision for life, and to prevent the #1 cause of vision loss among children, amblyopia. We are advocates for vision screening in children to detect silent disease before it steals sight and we are promoters of protecting young eyes from injuries. We promise to empower parents with information to help you be wise about your child’s eyes.

We also fund life-changing research as well as physician and patient education programs. No child should have their sight impaired when early detection and treatment makes vision loss preventable. That is why we work hand in hand with the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). With over 1,600 pediatric ophthalmologists, AAPOS is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality medical and surgical eye care worldwide for children and for adults with strabismus.

The Children’s Eye Foundation of AAPOS (CEF/FAAPOS) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Originally founded in 1970 as the National Children’s Eye Care Foundation (NCECF), today CEF/FAAPOS supports research, physician and patient education, and public awareness so every child can See More for life. We can’t do it without you!

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/FAAPOS can send a doctor from an underserved country with a high rate of preventable childhood blindness to the AAPOS Annual Meeting 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/FAAPOS can send a pediatric ophthalmologist to present the esteemed Costenbader Lecture at the annual AAPOS Annual Meeting, the world’s premier conference on pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.

$50 – if every AAPOS member made a donation of this size, CEF/FAAPOS 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 and specialized training in pediatric ophthalmology.

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

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

Children’s Eye Foundation of AAPOS

Board of Directors

Jane C. Edmond, MD, President
Katherine A. Lee, MD, PhD, Vice President
Oscar A. Cruz, MD, Vice President Elect
Eric Lichtenstein, MD, Secretary/Treasurer
Deborah M. Alcorn, MD, Director-at-Large
R. Michael Siatkowski, MD, Past President
Scott A. Larson, MD, Secretary for Program
Faruk H. Orge, MD, Director-at-Large
Christie L. Morse, MD, Executive Vice President
Mary Louise Z. Collins, MD, AAPOS Councilor

Derek T. Sprunger, MD, CEF/FAAPOS Chairperson
Mary A. O’Hara, MD, Director-at-Large


The Children’s Eye Foundation of AAPOS (CEF/FAAPOS) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Originally founded in 1970 as the National Children’s Eye Care Foundation (NCECF), CEF/FAAPOS 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.