December 4, 1988 |
Orbis is a word with two derivations: It means "of the eye" in Greek and "around the world" in Latin. Orbis also is the name of a seven-year-old, nonprofit organization that flies eye doctors and nurses to Third World countries. And it is an appropriate name for the plane that has flown the 25-member medical teams to 53 countries. A 20-year-old DC-8, it was donated to the organization in 1982 and transformed into a flying hospital, with microsurgical and laser technology, an 18-seat classroom and television cameras to transmit the operations from the surgical studio to the classroom.
February 18, 1986 |
Mike Gordon smiled as he pointed to the packing cases arrayed like a minor mountain range, each case plastered with a large sticker that read SOSH. "What we have here," he said, "may be the best-traveled freight you've ever seen. It's been to Haiti and it was brought back unopened, and now it's going to Dominica. " At this point it seems advisable to point out that SOSH stands for "Student Optometric Service to Haiti," that it is a project conducted annually by seniors at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and that SOSH '86 is going to be different.
April 19, 1989 |
Through a joint effort with the Board of Freeholders, the Gloucester County Lions' Clubs will open a vision center Friday to supply eye care to needy families in the county. County residents deemed eligible will be able to receive free vision screenings and eyeglass prescriptions at the center, which will be at the County Health Center on Carpenter Street. The center's grand opening will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday with local and county officials.
April 6, 1997 |
There could very well be Bolivian peasants high in the Andes Mountains wearing 1950s-style rhinestone-studded eyeglasses. And it would be because of the Laurel Springs Lions Club. For the last three months, the Laurel Springs Lions have been working with a Maryknoll missionary in Bolivia, a nonprofit aid organization based in North Carolina, an eye doctor in Somerdale, and a native Bolivian living in Pine Hill to provide eye care for 800,000 rural Bolivians. And a big part of that eye care involves collecting old eyeglasses from South Jersey residents and out-of-style glasses donated by stores - and shipping them to Bolivia.
October 17, 2011
Ametek Inc., a Berwyn manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, said it added to its medical devices operations with the purchase of Reichert Technologies, a maker of analytical instruments and diagnostic devises for eye care. Ametek said it paid $150 million for privately held Reichert, which is based in a suburb of Buffalo. Reichert's annual sales were estimated at $55 million, Ametek said. Ametek had $2.47 billion in revenue last year.
October 16, 2007 |
Ophthalmologist Ralph Scott Sando lived a charmed life with a loving family, a successful career in a city known for eye care, and a silent but consistent civic-mindedness. Dr. Sando, 60, founder of Accuvision Eye MD Caregroup in Ardmore and Center City, who also practiced in several Philadelphia hospitals, died Saturday of esophageal cancer at his home in Haverford. Dr. Sando was born in Boulder, Colo., in 1947. He and his family moved to Merion when he was 12. He was captain of the football team, bowman of the crew team, and recipient of so many awards at Monsignor Bonner High School that he was given a standing ovation upon graduation in 1965 at the Civic Center.
October 28, 2013 |
Imagine a bathtub with the faucet running all the time. When the drainpipe gets clogged, the water backs up in the tub. When the drain completely closes, the water collects until it overflows the tub. The analogy is imperfect, but that's sort of what happens in glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Poor drainage causes fluid buildup in the eye. Except that the eyeball, unlike a tub, is a closed structure, so fluid pressure builds up, harming the sensitive optic nerve.
September 24, 1987 |
The Tredyffrin/Easttown school board has ratified a three-year contract for the district's 180 noninstructional employees. The contract was approved, 5-0, at a special board meeting Monday. It provides raises of 4 percent to 6 percent this year, and 5 percent to 6.5 percent per year for the second and third years. Rates differ according to job categories. The agreement covers members of the Tredyffrin/Easttown Noninstructional Group (TENIG). The union represents the district's maintenance, custodial, cafeteria, secretarial and transporation workers.
September 6, 1988 |
GUIDE FOR THE DISABLED. Charles D. Goldman, a Washington lawyer, has written a 172-page guide for the disabled, called Disability Rights Guide, Practical Solutions to Problems Affecting People with Disabilities. The book discusses housing, employment, education and transportation for the disabled. From 1975 to 1983, Goldman served as general counsel for the Architectural Transportation Barriers Compliance Board in Washington. Now he is a lawyer specializing in disability-rights issues.
January 20, 2006 |
E. Howard Bedrossian, 84, of Drexel Hill, an ophthalmologist from a family that has provided eye care to Delaware County residents for more than 82 years, died of heart failure Sunday at Bryn Mawr Terrace. Dr. Bedrossian's father, Edward, established the practice in Drexel Hill in 1923. In the 1950s, Dr. Bedrossian took over and later shared the practice with his son Ned for 23 years, until retiring in June. For more than 40 years, Dr. Bedrossian taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University.