Philadelphia School District - School Vision Program

For many years, The Eye Institute (TEI) of Salus University has provided vision care services to economically disadvantaged children enrolled in Philadelphia's public schools. Each year vision care teams from TEI work collaboratively with public school nurses to assist them in providing state-mandated vision screenings to their children. When a child fails the vision screening, TEI makes arrangements to transport the child to one of TEI's clinical locations to receive a comprehensive vision and eye health examination. Children who need eyeglasses receive two pairs - one for home and one for school. TEI provides vision screenings to over 3700 children every school year and comprehensive eye care services to several hundred of the children who fail the screenings. The financial resources necessary to support this important community initiative come from the “Looking Out for Kids" charity fundraiser as well as additional support from community foundations.

children getting on busWorking collaboratively with The School District of Philadelphia nurses, we provided the following services to children in Philadelphia public schools during the 2019-2020 academic year:
 
  • Vision screenings to 3,735 children
  • Comprehensive vision and ocular health examinations to 357 children by transporting the children to TEI's pediatric service
  • Distributed 642 pairs of eyeglasses to public school children

During the 2020-2021 academic year:
 
  • Vision screenings to 1,969 children
  • Comprehensive vision and ocular health examinations to 37 children by transporting the children to TEI's pediatric service
  • Distributed 74 pairs of eyeglasses to public school children
*Due to COVID closures, services/screenings were limited in the '20-'21 school year

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