Outside, change is in the air! Leaves are starting to turn beautiful shades of orange, red, and purple. Mother Nature is hard at work, stirring up autumn winds that bring a new energy, and all living creatures are preparing for the change of season.
At Children’s Eye Foundation, we think about change every day – how do our programs change lives for the better? How do we, as an organization, need to change to get better at what we do, so we can help more children to have the best possible vision.
This week, we’d like to give a huge shout out to an organization that is truly changing the lives of children and families battling serious eye disorders for the better: The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS).
When AAPOS was formed over 40 years ago, it was a new, small organization finding its footing. Since then, numerous barriers have been successfully overcome to establish pediatric ophthalmology as a medical subspecialty. The impact of AAPOS is measurable in what it has done to attract physicians to the specialties of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, and to improve systems of care for children, their eyes, and their developing visual brains.
Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
The leadership and evolution of the AAPOS committee system and its role in organizing, growing, supporting, and advocating for the specialties of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus is remarkable. Today, we salute the hard-working leaders and committee members (more than 300 of them) that work together to help make AAPOS the dynamic, successful organization that it is.
AAPOS’ first President, Marshall M. Parks, MD (1918-2005), whose lifelong quest was expert eye care for children, the elimination of preventable blindness and continuous innovation in the care of strabismus, would surely be proud to see the vibrant organization that AAPOS is today.
Our mission at Children’s Eye Foundation is to eliminate preventable blindness – a bold goal that is possible in this century – thanks to AAPOS’ role as a leader in physician education, advocacy, and scientific advancement.
Kudos to AAPOS!