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Looking Out for Kids’ Vision

As the future of Philadelphia lies in the hands of our children, their education is vital for success. Early diagnosis and treatment of vision problems in children is critical. However, one in four children suffers from visual difficulties, which can impact their school performance. Undiagnosed vision problems can also make it difficult to read and can affect a child’s self-esteem. Comprehensive vision care is essential for academic success.

In 2007, The Eye Institute (TEI) established the “Looking Out for Kids” initiative to provide comprehensive vision care services for under-insured and uninsured children in Philadelphia and its surrounding communities. Since its inception, the “Looking Out for Kids” program has brightened thousands of children’s lives and ensured their continued success in the classroom. For the rest of the story....

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. 

The Eye Institute’s Donor Reception

President, Dr. Mittelman addressing attendees.

Above: Salus University president, Dr. Michael Mittelman, during his presentation at the donor celebration.
(Photos by John Dolores Photography)

This past winter, a donor recognition reception was held at The Eye Institute (TEI). The evening was an opportunity for the University to show its appreciation for donors of the “Setting Our Sights” capital campaign that raised money for the $11 million renovation of TEI. A video of historical, ground breaking and renovation photos played on the televisions in the main lobby. Over 115 attendees were able to tour the facility, take pictures alongside their donor plaques, and hear remarks from current Salus University president, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman, who welcomed guests to the University’s flagship clinical site that originally opened in 1978. “I was in the first class that actually utilized this facility from start to finish, and in those days it was actually considered a state-of-the-art facility,” Dr. Mittelman said during his speech that evening. “We really have a state-of-the-art facility today, and that didn’t happen without the benefit of some very generous private and corporate donors.” For the complete story ....

In 1949, the then Pennsylvania College of Optometry was the fi rst college of optometry to open a contact lens clinic?
During construction of The “New” Eye Institute, faculty, staff and students signed a steel beam which was installed in the ceiling of the current lower level?
The Eye Institute celebrated 20 years of service to the community in 1998?

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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