At the 2018 ASCRS-ASOA Annual Meeting, Aerie Pharmaceuticals challenged attendees to give $25,000 to the ASCRS Foundation to trigger an Aerie match of the same amount. And it worked! Aerie’s challenge spurred an avalanche of giving that produced over $53,000 in contributions in just a few days, including the match. This funding allowed the ASCRS Foundation and our volunteer surgeons to restore the sight of more than 200 patients last year.
Through our Resident Excellence Awards, the ASCRS Foundation provides travel grants to enable 10 ophthalmologists resident's to attend the ASCRS ASOA Annual Meeting. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, and the exceptional quality of candidates for this year's award, 11 outstanding ophthalmologists resident's have been selected to receieve the 2019 Resident Excellence Award.