The Elmer H. Eger Memorial Student Travel Fund

Elmer H. Eger, OD, FAAO, 1919-2009

Elmer H. Eger, OD, FAAO, passed away in Ithaca, NY, on June 26, 2009. Elmer is the father of Academy past President Mark W. Eger (center) and grandfather of Academy Fellow Noah Eger (right).

Elmer graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1941. After military service, he established an optometric practice in his hometown of Coraopolis, PA. He retired in 1983, spending the last 12 years in practice with Mark.

Elmer was a Life Fellow of the Academy, and served 10 years on the Admittance Committee. Even in retirement, Elmer continued to work in the field of low vision, researching and writing extensively. He invented the logMAR Comparison Pocket Screener, and patented the Eger Macular Stressometer, a hand-held clinical instrument for early detection of macular problems.

His family has requested that donations in his honor and memory be made to the American Optometric Foundation, 2909 Fairgreen Street, Orlando, FL 32803 USA. The Foundation has established the Elmer Eger Fund in order to promote the values and interests held dear by Elmer and his family. The fund will sponsor an optometry student every year to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. Over $15,000 has already been contributed including a generous lead gift from Elmer's family.

You can make an online donation to the Elmer Eger Memorial Fund, just click on the donate button below. You will be taken to a secure site where you can use the credit card of your choice.

 You can also use the pledge form (PDF format) to make an ongoing commitment to the Elmer Eger Memorial Fund.


Elmer Eger Student Travel Grant Recipients:

2016: Kimberly Renner
2015: Alyssa Willig
2014: Laura Ann Goldberg
2013: Roshni Shah
2012: Andrew Congdon
2011: Cara Wolfish




(2015 Elmer H. Eger Memorial Student Travel Grant recipient, Alyssa Willig, is presented her travel check by Dr. Mark Eger.)