The Work We Do:

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

The Eye Institute uses the LOFKs funds 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 2012 was quite impressive. Working collaboratively with School District of Philadelphia nurses, we provided the following services to children in the Philadelphia public schools during the 2012-2013 academic year:

  • Vision screenings to 2,379 children (722 children failed the screening).
  • Comprehensive vision and ocular health examinations to 500 children by bussing the children to The Eye Institute’s pediatric service.
  • Distributed 800 pairs of eyeglasses to public school children.

This year The Eye Institute was able expand its services to children through collaboration with the Norristown Area School District.  The Eye Institute established a school-based eye clinic at the Joseph K. Gotwals Elementary School.  One day a week for seven weeks an Eye Institute vision care team provided vision services to uninsured children at Gotwals.  Fifty-nine children received an eye exam and 50 of the 59 required eyeglasses. Each child received two pairs of glasses - one to take home and one to leave at the school.  It was through the financial success of the 2012 LOFK fundraiser that we were able to expand our reach and impact.

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).


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