The Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
"Vision disorders are the fourth most prevalent class of disability in the United States and the most common handicap in American children. Vision impairment significantly impacts a child’s ability to explore the surrounding environment, learn and develop relationships with family members and peers. Early intervention is vital to correct, or alleviate, vision disorders in order to give the child the best possible quality of life.”
—Chief of Surgery Henri R Ford, MD
The Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles believes every child deserves to see the sunset. Vision is a gift - and the SOC's support of the Vision Center is unwavering. As a non-profit organization, the SOC makes a yearly donation to the Vision Center to help underwrite contact lenses for their patients in need.
The Vision Center - formerly called the Division of Ophthalmology - is one of the world's largest, most respected pediatric facilities for eye care, treating more than 12,000 patients each year. Their patients have such complex ophthalmic abnormalities such as optic nerve hypoplasia, retinoblastoma, retinopathy of prematurity, cornea disorders, glaucoma, strabismus and ocular trauma.
As one of Childrens Hospital's Centers of Excellence, they are home to six institutes that are considered among today's finest resources for diagnosis, treatment and research:
The Retina Institute
The Cornea Institute
The Eye Birth Defects Institute
The Orbit & Eye Movement Institute
The Vision Development Institute
The Eye Technology Institute
Each is headed by a board certified pediatric ophthalmologist.
With today's advanced technologies, surgical techniques and other treatment options, eyesight often can be saved.
To date, the SOC has donated over $90,000 to the Vision Center and we look forward to continuing our support well into the future.