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The Knights Templar Eye Foundation has announced a Pediatric Ophthalmology Research Grant Award Program of $2 Million.  The Knights Templar Eye Foundation (KTEF) invites eligible investigators to submit applications for Pediatric Ophthalmology Career-Starter Research Grants for the next award period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.  They estimate approximately 28 grants of $70,000 each will be awarded.  Deadline for the receipt of the submission is Friday, January 15, 2021.   Grants supported by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation are awarded to impact the eye care of infants and children.  Clinical or basic research on conditions that are potentially preventable ...
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Patient Story: Luke

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It was an unremarkable Midwestern summer night.  Two brothers were playing outside, watching their grandfather mow the lawn.  Because they were too young to help, 3-year-old Luke and his brother did what young boys have always done—they improvised.  As Luke’s brother innocently began swiping the grass with a screwdriver, hoping to do his part of the landscaping, an errant swing landed against Luke’s eye.   Closer inspection revealed that Luke’s pupil was no longer round, and so he was ultimately brought to the emergency department at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.  His examination was an immediate cause for concern.  Luke’s eye had ruptured from ...
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10,000 Reasons to Leave Fireworks to the Professionals   Every year, about 10,000 people are rushed to the emergency department for fireworks injuries. Ophthalmologists – physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care – treat thousands of patients who suffer a range of fireworks-related injuries, from cuts and bruises to damaged  corneas ,  retinas , and ruptured eyeballs. Many people believe that consumer fireworks are safe. But here’s the explosive truth: Most injuries are caused by legal fireworks parents buy for their children, such as sparklers, firecrackers, bottle rockets, and Roman candles. To help reduce the number of potentially ...
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Learning Disabilities Patient Information 5 Items Now Available for Purchase Order Now   A Parent's Guide to Dyslexia 36 page book - 8.5 x 11 inches The book provides families with detailed comprehensive information on how we read, dyslexia, dyslexia and vision, the diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia, understanding and navigating the educational system, the roles of the parent, teacher, pediatrician and pediatric ophthalmologist, the pediatric ophthalmic examination, vision therapy, tinted lenses, informational resources and more. Learning Disabilities Resource List for Parents 12 page booklet - 5.5 x 8.5 inches ...
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Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. Obesity affects a child's overall health. In fact, if this trend continues, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that each year, more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S. And, according to the National Eye Institute, between 40 to 45 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness in ...
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The Lions Club International Foundation is excited to offer Standard Grants that provide matching funds of up to $75,000 for humanitarian and vision oriented projects. The project must serve a large number of people and must be beyond the scope of traditional Lion’s club and/or District fundraising activities. Standard Grant money can include funding for equipment and infrastructure needs. The Lion's are very active in eye care and we would like to encourage our members with a great project to apply. AAPOS Members should team up with local Lions Clubs to organize the projects and funding. This is a great way to begin a local preschool vision screening ...
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Make Sure Your Child's Eyes Are Ready for Back to School! Vision screening is essential to early detection of problems that impact learning and quality of life As children return to school, parents naturally consider how to help their children learn and succeed. Good vision and eye health are key to students’ ability to do well in the classroom, on the playground, in sports, and when studying at home. September is Children’s Eye Health and Safety month, and Dr. Plager encourages all families to make sure students receive vision screening and learn eye health and safety practices. Also, it’s important for parents of children with learning disabilities to ...
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