The foundation was created in 1997 after the sale of the Callahan Eye Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Grants at Work videos:  "Through the Eyes of a Child" Highlighting the collaborative and complementary efforts to deliver children's eye care in the state of Alabama.  "Making a Difference: Advancing Vision Research from Bench to Bedside" featuring the promising research activities at UAB. 

The State of Vision: Read about the Census of Alabama Eye Care Providers, a survey conducted by researchers at UAB and commissioned by ESFA as a follow-up to its 1999 Needs Assessment survey. 

Visionary Award: Recognizing extraordinary service by an organization or individual in addressing the unmet eye care needs of Alabama's citizens. Read about recipients of the Visionary Award.

ESFA awards grants in the following areas:
• Public education regarding preventive and routine eye care and vision screening
• Eye care for the medically indigent
• Low vision and rehabilitation service
• Improved geographical access to general and specialty eye care services
• Education and training of eye care professionals and scientific investigators
• Research in the prevention and treatment of eye diseases, disabilities or impairment prevalent in Alabama  and the development of effective methods of treatment, surgery or rehabilitation
• Basic science research on the visual system

ESFA Board of Trustees
John N. Coleman, Chair
W. Spencer South, Vice Chair
Andrew L. "Andy" Sink, Secretary
Joshua F. Mandell, Treasurer
Koko Mackin, Immediate Past Chair
Danny L. McKinney, Gran
ts Chair

Leroy A. Abrahams
Michael A. Callahan, MD
Lee T. Clanton
C. Hartwell Davis, Jr.
James D. Davis
Felix M. Drennen, III
Robert Field
Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith
George H. Garzon
Christopher A. Girkin, MD, MSPH
Alison Gorrie
Rett J. Grover
Sandral Hullett, MD, MPH
C. Randall Minor
Christopher Nanni
J. Andrew Robison
Stephen A. Yoder

N. Carlton Baker, Jr.
Clarence B. Blair
Duncan B. Blair
T. Morris Hackney
William C. Hulsey
W. Carl Jernigan
Allen D. Rushton

Ann H. Milam, PhD: Professor Emeritus, Dept Ophthalmology at University of Washington; Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute at University of Pennsylvania

Joseph L. Demer, MD, PhD: Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Division and Director, Ocular Motility Laboratory, Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California-Los Angeles
Lee M. Jampol, MD: Feinberg Professor of Ophthalmology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Paul P. Lee, MD, JD: Director, W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan
Gordon Legge, PhD: Chairman, Department of Psychology and Director, Minnesota Laboratory for Low Vision Research, University of Minnesota
Kelly  W. Muir, MD: Duke Eye Center, Duke University Medical Center
Robert B. Nussenblatt, MD, MPH: Chief, Laboratory of Immunology, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
Lance M. Optican, PhD: Chief, Neural Modeling Section, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
Robert N. Weinreb, MD: Chairman, Dept Ophthalmology and Director, Shiley Eye Center, University of California-San Diego

Torrey V.A. DeKeyser, Executive Director