• Celebrating A Pivotal Year

    Dear Foundation Friends,

    On behalf of the Foundation Advisory Board, we are pleased to present you with our 2018–2019 annual report. It was a truly pivotal year for the Academy and the Foundation, and we could not have done it without you — a passionate group of professionals who have chosen to go above and beyond the call of duty and pay it
    forward. Your investment has been a key driver to our success, whether it be launching a campaign for a brand-new museum or supporting the exponential growth of our educational offerings.

    We are thrilled to celebrate some of our core program highlights that made last year extraordinary:

    • Our Museum of the Eye campaign officially launched thanks to transformative donations from Drs. Stanley M. Truhlsen and Michael F. Marmor, as well as numerous other contributors.

    • The Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network grew by 20%.

    • The Knights Templar Eye Foundation gave a groundbreaking $2 million to the IRIS® Registry to establish the Pediatric Ophthalmology Fund and childhood eye disease treatment through data analysis. Thank you to our past Foundation Advisory Board Chair, Christie L. Morse, MD, for helping to secure this funding.

    • Through EyeCare America®, our volunteer ophthalmologists helped restore the vision of patients across the nation such as “Pete” Hastert, who has diabetes and hadn’t seen an ophthalmologist in 30 years.

    • Our global outreach programs provided educational opportunities and materials to ophthalmologists from dozens of countries and inspired two past Rotary Club Host Project participants to create a sightsaving mission of their own.

    Read on to learn more about our accomplishments and hear stories from your colleagues and friends about how Academy programs and resources enable them to empower lives for a better tomorrow. As our critical work continues, we look forward to partnering with you to further advance our profession through world-class innovations.

    Warmest regards,

    Gregory L. Skuta, MD, Chair
    Foundation Advisory Board

    Tony McClellan, President
    Foundation Advisory Board