Funds Raised during Eye on the Ball Support Important Equipment for Child Vision Center
FORT WORTH, Texas – Nov. 21, 2011 – Proceeds from the first annual Eye on the Ball event held in October will add two important pieces of equipment for the Child Vision Center, the diagnostic and research center for pediatric vision located in FortWorth’s medical district. The RB Eye Foundation,parent organization to Eye on the Ball, is the brainchild of Jim and Kami Schlossnagle who founded the non-profit group following their own children’s vision treatment. Their goal is to raise $1.5 million to heighten community awareness and support patient care, diagnostic testing and research pertaining to vision-threatening disease in children.
In 2004, the Schlossnagles resorted to travel to several states before finding the advanced eye treatment needed for their children’s care. “Fort Worth is known for its world-class museums,performance hall and many other note worthy attractions and causes,” said Jim Schlossnagle, TCU headbaseball coach and 2010 National Coach of the Year named by the National College Baseball WritersAssociation. “Kami and I felt that eye care for children should rank as high and we believe that the Child Vision Center will take us there,” add Schlossnagle.
Proceeds will go toward the purchase of two pieces of equipment important in the diagnosis of various eye diseases suffered by children. The Haag-Streit Octopus Visual Field Analyzer helps physicians study retina disease as it relates to peripheral vision loss due to glaucoma, stroke or traumatic brain injury. The Zeiss Atlas 9000 Corneal Topographer helps track corneal health allowing diagnosis of diseases on the surface of the eye. This ocular testing equipment will continue the building of an advanced diagnostic laboratory typically found only at a few large academic institutions.
In addition to highly technical equipment which allows advanced research of complex pediatric vision conditions, Child Vision Center will also employ doctorate-level researchers and serve as a training ground for physicians from the developing world seeking to improve skills in pediatric eye care.
“Thanks to the Schlossnagles, the RB Eye Foundation and a great many generous people who attended or supported Eye on the Ball, Child Vision Center moves a huge step closer to attaining our goal to help more children with vision issues,” said Eric Packwood, MD, Fort Worth pediatric ophthalmologist and one of three founders of Child Vision Center. “We will arrive at that goal sooner thanks to this commitment,” said Packwood. Alan Norman, MD, and Michael Hunt, MD, are fellow founders of Child Vision Center, a 501(c)(3) with a goal to establish a world-class research and diagnostic center for pediatric ophthalmology aimed to advance excellence in eye care for all children.
Other donations to the Child Vision Center have come from the Robert D. and Catherine R.Alexander Foundation, the Gary Patterson Foundation, the Mike Reilly Family Foundation, and several individuals.
Drs. Hunt, Norman and Packwood of Pediatric Eye Specialists established the non-profit ChildVision Center at 321 S. Henderson St., FortWorth, Texas 76104 in October 2010. Support, in the form of donations and sponsorships, is required to further expand vision-saving care to the many pediatricpatients in need.
For more information about the Child Vision Center visit www.childvisioncenter.org and for more information about how to support the vision, email info@ChildVisionCenter.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
RB EYE Foundation
214 205 7495
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