The Foundation is pleased to have awarded the following grants:


  • A grant to the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in recognition of the “ROP Diagnostic Team at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Jackson Memorial Hospital” — (i) Audina Berrocal, MD, an Ophthalmologist, (ii) Ditte Hess, CRA, an Ophthalmic Photographer, and (iii) Rose Anne Johnson, RN, a Neonatal Nurse — for their work and research in Retinopathy of Prematurity awarded at the Vision of Light Gala Dinner in Palm Beach.
  • A grant to the Karolinska Institute in honor of Dr. Gunnar Lennerstrand, Department of Ophthalmology, in recognition of his continuing research in Pediatric Ophthamology and his support of this Foundation since its inception in 1993 awarded at the Vision of Light Gala Dinner in Palm Beach.
  • A grant to Drs. Clare Gilbert and Mohammad Muhit for A Research and Delivery System in Rural Districts in Bangladesh to eliminate Pediatric Cataract Blindness and for an Epidemiological Research Project in Vietnam.
  • A grant to Timothy G. Murray, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine (U.S. News & World Report’s Number One Department of Ophthalmology in the United States), to support the ongoing research of eye-sparing chemotherapy for retinoblastoma, the most common cancer involving the eyes in children. This type of cancer is unique in that it has a definite genetic inheritance pattern and the gene locus has been identified on the short arm of Chromosome 13 awarded at the Vision of Light Gala Dinner in Palm Beach.
  • A grant to the Department of Ophthalmology of Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL to continue advanced research into the causes of pediatric eye diseases which give rise to serious visual handicaps awarded at the Vision of Light Gala Dinner in Chicago.
  • A one-year Visiting Scientist grant to Roberto Bolzano, Ph.D., to continue work on his research project “Eye Muscle Functions in Different Types of Strabismus.”
  • A one-year Visiting Scientist grant to Hermann D. Schworm, M.D., to continue his research in “Eye Movement Control During Normal Development and in Strabismus.”
  • An 18-month Visiting Scientist grant to Waldemar Rojna, Ph.D., to to continue his research efforts on applications of bioengineering methods in the clinical studies of eye movements in children with special references to oculomotor development and eye movements in reading.
  • A major grant to the Jules Stein Institute in Los Angeles, California, awarded at the Vision of Light Gala Dinner in Palm Beach.

Recently Awarded Research Grants

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Education: Development of Web -Based Educational Tools for Training in ROP Diagnosis and Management

Grant Awarded on September 23, 2012

The overall aim of our research program is to create a sustainable technological infrastructure for prevention of blindness caused by retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a devastating eye disease affecting premature... Read More »

To Diagnose Shaken Baby Syndrome (Abusive Head Trauma) Using Optical Coherence Tomography

Grant Awarded on June 9, 2017

The authors hypothesize that the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) will be able to better diagnose certain cases of abusive head trauma (AHT) in children. This could therefore lead... Read More »