Augie Wintroub-Hansen is a brave boy. At the age of five, he deals with an eye movement disorder that resulted in the development of amblyopia. Augie and his family appreciate his care from UCSF pediatric ophthalmologists. Treatment includes specialized glasses and patching to correct Augie’s refractive error.
During the course of treatment, Augie’s family recognized how expensive the specialized glasses can be. Frames and spectacles once a year cost around $250. More specialized glasses, like those tinted for patients with severe light sensitivity from corneal problems or glaucoma, are at least double that price.
The Augie Fund Will Help Others
It occurred to the Wintroub-Hansens that there are many families with inadequate insurance who struggle to pay for specialized glasses essential to their child’s development. The family decided to meet the challenge of this need and established The Augie Fund through That Man May See. They are raising support to pay for these costly aids to sight. The family has a long association with UCSF – Augie’s grandfather Bruce Wintroub is the chair of the Department of Dermatology and Vice Dean of the School of Medicine.
The family urges early screening for treatable eye disease in infancy and childhood, which can have far-reaching implications for vision, quality of life, and schooling. Without correction of substantial refractive errors, a child’s development can be permanently impacted.
“Healthy vision is so important for early learning and children’s development, and we started The Augie Fund to help make sure that all children have the vision resources they need to thrive,” says Augie’s mother Anne Wintroub. “We value UCSF’s care of Augie so much, and we appreciate That Man May See for helping us give back to other vision-challenged children and their families.”
With the help of The Augie Fund and with zero red tape for struggling families, UCSF’s pediatric ophthalmologists assist in dispensing specialized glasses to families with hardship, just as if they were covered by insurance. These important gifts will forever make a difference in the lives of the babies and children who benefit.
What Is Amblyopia?
Affecting two percent of the population, amblyopia is a common condition usually treated with spectacles. With amblyopia, the eyes are structurally normal except for one or both being defocused, misaligned, or otherwise disadvantaged. The brain responds by learning to see with the better eye and reducing vision from the disadvantaged eye.
Join the Wintroub-Hansens by visiting their donation page. To learn more about The Augie Fund for vulnerable families, contact That Man May See.