The Work We Do:

An optometric intern tested Ariana’s eyes during an event at The Eye Institute.

The Eye Institute uses the Looking Out for Kids fund in a number of ways. For many years, we have had a strategic alliance with the School District of Philadelphia to provide services to their children. Working closely with the District's school nurses, The Eye Institute deploys vision care teams to schools to provide free vision screenings. For children who fail the vision screening, we work with schools nurses to schedule them at one of The Eye Institute’s three locations for comprehensive vision care. Each year several hundred children are bussed to The Eye Institute for the care they need.

What we were able to accomplish this past year using the dollars we raised in 2014 was quite impressive. Working collaboratively with The School District of Philadelphia nurses, we provided the following services to children in the Philadelphia public schools during the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Vision screenings to 2142 children
    (843 children failed the screening due to poor vision).
  • Comprehensive vision and ocular health examinations to over 300 children by bussing the children to The Eye Institute’s pediatric service.
  • Distributed over 450 pairs of eyeglasses to public school children.

For the third year in a row, we have worked with nurses in the Norristown Area School District (NASD) to provide in-school vision care services and eyeglasses to disadvantaged children within the district. During this academic year, over 231 children have been examined in five schools and over 416 pairs of eyeglasses have been dispensed.

Last year, the annual “Looking Out for Kids” benefit raised over $50,000 making it possible to continue offering this important program within our community. As we look forward to the 2015-16 academic year, we expect to expand the LOFK vision care initiative and serve children in the Abington and Cheltenham school districts, while continuing to serve children in both Philadelphia and Norristown.

The “Looking Out for Kids” charity fund also provides vision care services and eyeglasses to uninsured children referred to The Eye Institute from the Philadelphia City Health Centers, Delaware Valley Community Health, Inc., and the Greater Philadelphia Asian Social Service Agency (GPASS).

Through our work and the generosity of our community partners we can continue to help change the lives of children and provide them with the vision care that is necessary to ensure academic success.

“Looking Out for Kids:” Norristown

Published Winter 2013-2014

After a successful school-based pilot program last spring in the Norristown Area School District, The Eye Institute was determined to expand its children’s vision care initiative and provide vision care services for uninsured and under insured children in Norristown once again. 

In November, a second in-school eye clinic was set up in Marshall Street Elementary School, 1525 W. Marshall Street, to provide comprehensive exams to both Marshall and Stewart Middle School students. The current program is an offspring of The Eye Institute’s “Looking Out for Kids” initiative, which continues to expand its reach for children in need of vision care services. “We want the best for our students and especially want them to achieve and do well in school,” Cheryl Brumbaugh, Stewart Middle School nurse, said. “By having their vision problems corrected, this ensures a good start for them.”  To read the complete article

The Eye Institute is “Looking Out for Kids” in Norristown

Published Summer 2013

For the first time, The Eye Institute provided care to children in a Norristown area school during the last two months of the academic year.

The Eye Institute (TEI) stepped up in a very big way to provide vision care and eyeglasses to uninsured children in the Norristown Area School District. In late April, TEI set up a school-based eye clinic in Joseph K. Gotwals Elementary School, 1 East Oak Street. Gotwals Elementary was chosen for this special project because of the amount of uninsured children in need of vision services identified through the school nurse.   

Once a week for seven weeks, an Eye Institute doctor examined children inside the school. “Good vision is an essential component of learning and academic success,” Dr. Susan Oleszewski, vice president for Patient Care Services at TEI, said. To read the complete article

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Keeping an Eye on Children’s Vision

Published Summer 2012

The vision care partnership between The Eye Institute and the School District of Philadelphia includes providing vision care services to uninsured children, as well as eyeglasses. The TEI team works hard to deliver eyeglasses to the child’s school within two weeks from the date of the child’s exam.


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