The Eye Institute and its Falls Center and Chestnut Hill satellite facilities
will be CLOSED from Thursday, November 27th through Saturday, November 29th 
for the Thanksgiving holiday.
All three locations will be OPEN on Monday, December 1st.

Looking Out for Kids Eighth Annual Benefit

Salus University held its eighth annual “Looking out For Kids” benefit on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Hafter Student Center. NBC10 anchor and reporter, Rosemary Connors, co-hosted the annual event which included Philadelphia-themed entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event help provide vision care for under-insured and uninsured children in and around Philadelphia. Since its inception, the “Looking Out for Kids” program has brightened thousands of children’s lives to enhance educational performance. 

Celebration and Open House

Over 300 Salus University alumni, faculty, staff and friends participated in the 117th Annual American Optometric Association’s meeting in Philadelphia at the end of June. The meeting, which ran from June 25th to June 28th, informed participants of innovations in vision care and allowed them to network with other professionals in the field.

Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s celebration was held at the National Constitution Center on the evening of Friday, June 27th. The event consisted of recognizing five year reunion class members as well as a presentation of the Salus University Alumni Association Awards.

National Constitution Center

In addition to honoring these influential alumni who have greatly impacted Salus University, the program also highlighted the University’s community outreach efforts in Philadelphia and beyond. Attendees enjoyed a delicious menu, drinks and exclusive access to the museum’s main interactive exhibit: The Story of We the People. See the event photos...

The next day, alumni were invited to an open house, tours and a wine and cheese reception at The Eye Institute. 

Public Health Awareness

Our name, “Salus,” is a Latin word for health and well-being. The mission of the University is to “enhance and protect health and well-being through education, research, patient care and community services worldwide.

As part of our mission we offer the following information and links that may prove helpful:

Ebola concerns: Now that the disease has entered the United States, it is understandable that people are concerned about the dangers of infection. Ebola, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). The CDC is one of the best sources of current information about ebola and has established guidelines that are followed by our doctors, students and staff in our five clinical locations, The Eye Institute and its satellite offices, Pennsylvania Ear Institute and the Feinbloom Low Vision Clinic.

Flu season is here. To ensure that you don’t fall victim to the flu, see your primary care physician to receive your annual shot.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Thousands of deaths occur each year due to the flu and about 90% of those occur in people 65 years and older. Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.(

Enterovirus (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses and its mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing. According to the CDC, generally speaking infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. That's because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. Adults can get infected with enteroviruses, but they are more likely to have no symptoms or mild symptoms.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages that can often be prevented with vaccines and can usually be treated with antibiotics, antiviral drugs (such as Tamiflu), or specific drug therapies. Common signs of pneumonia include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. You are more likely to become ill with pneumonia if you smoke or have underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. Ask your primary care physician if you are a candidate for a pneumonia vaccination. (

With colds, viruses and many communicable diseases, something as simple as handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds (sing the Happy Birthday song!) is a critical component in the prevention of infection. Using anti-bacterial wipes or sprays on frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, switches, toys, are also key factors. As always, check with your primary care provider when you have questions. 

Children with asthma may have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 infection. Enteroviruses can only be diagnosed by doing specific lab tests on specimens from a person’s throat and nose. Check with your primary care physician if your child or you exhibit these symptoms. (

Vision Care on the Road

On two separate dates, Dr. Elise Ciner and her team provided vision exams to pre-school students in Philadelphia on Salus University’s Mobile Unit. On April 28th, the team which included two optometry interns, examined six children from three to five-years-old at Feltonville Head Start. Several weeks later, on June 16th, the team examined seven children at Pratt School.  The 13 children who were examined previously failed a vision screening through the Head Start program. Any child needing eyeglasses received two pairs - one for home and one for school.

Left: Dr. Elise Ciner during an eye exam in the mobile unit.
Left: The University’s van received some new, but temporary
signage this spring. (Photos by Alexis R. Abate, MA)

Electronic Health Record: Part TWO

Assistant director, Celeste Tucker, goes over the electronic health record with primary care patient representative, Sheree Akers. (Photo by Andrew Ciechanowski)

Last summer, The Eye Institute (TEI) transitioned to a specialty Electronic Health Record (EHR). The first phase of this transition was focused on primary care – a large part of the care provided to our patients. In the year prior to implementation, this service had over 21,500 patient visits. This drastically changed the way patient care was documented, tracked, and maintained. 

The benefits of an EHR are tremendous, and include:

  • Elimination of lost medical records
  • Time savings and efficiencies in appointing and billing
  • Ability to compile public health and research data

These changes, while great, can be difficult to integrate into patient care and student training. Over the past year, TEI went through several customizations and changes to their own Electronic Health Record screens and processes. These useful updates enhanced the quality of care for our patients, documentation, and the academic experience for our students.

The Eye Institute is in the final stages of phase II of the EHR transition.  At the end of May, the majority of The Eye Institute’s specialty services completed the transition to EHR.  Pediatrics, which includes Vision Therapy and the Brain Injury Clinic, Low Vision Services, which includes community outreach services at schools for the visually impaired and at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, and the Neuro-Ophthalmic service all converted to the EHR.  These services worked extremely hard preparing for this difficult transition, developed individualized screens and redesigned their processes to take advantage of EHR benefits. This conversion will continue to improve quality and the continuity of care from start to finish.

Helping the Community

Each year thousands of school children receive the vision care they need to be successful learners through Salus University's community outreach programs. At community health fairs and screenings, Salus faculty and students uncover undiagnosed ocular disease in adults who do not have access to regular vision care. Our students provide care to underserved populations and witness the power of giving back.

TEI News - Spring/Summer 2014
TEI Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2014 2014 Spring/Summer TEI Newsletter

  • Eyeglasses making a big difference for young students - By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: February 09, 2014 - Link to the article
  • Discount Vision Plan for College and University Students Offered by The Eye Institute - For details
  • Free Vision Screenings - For details

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