September 15, 2015 |
TYREKE EVANS took three steps up into an RV that had been converted into a VSP Mobile Eyes Clinic outside Chester City Hall. As he ducked to get through the door, volunteers greeted the New Orleans Pelicans guard as if they had been friends for years. Evans proceeded through the vehicle and knocked on, then opened one of the exam room doors. A doctor looked around the state-of-the-art equipment and was thrilled to see the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year looking back at him. The woman who was being examined was just as excited to see Evans.
April 14, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Amira Davis, 9, sits near the front of her fourth-grade classroom each day at Aldan Elementary School in Delaware County. She can read each word when her teacher spells out lessons in thick, glossy strokes of black marker on the room's central whiteboard. But, she recently told her mother, when her teacher fires up the room's overhead projector, Amira has to squint to make out the words. "If she didn't mention that she couldn't see the board, we never would have come today," Amira's mother, Amber Lozado, said.
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.
October 7, 2013 |
Abraham Gonen has an ambitious mission: improving eye care around the world. "You could say this is a 24-hour job," says the Cherry Hill resident, 66, associate dean for global development at Salus University in Elkins Park. The university was called Pennsylvania College of Optometry and was in Philadelphia when Gonen earned his doctorate there in the late 1960s. Renamed in 2008, Salus (a Latin word for health and well-being) now offers advanced degree, degree completion, continuing education, and certification programs to optometry students and professionals already working in the field in the Far East, Scandinavia, and other parts of Europe.
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.
July 26, 2011 |
His name was Rocky, and he was a real-life underdog. The 8-week-old Siberian Husky-mix puppy was a stray found in a remote section of western Canada, "with nothing in his belly but worms on rocks," Brier Cadden wrote in a Feb. 7, 2010, e-mail. "No one wanted to touch him because they didn't like what his eyes looked like. " Rocky had an eye condition and was almost blind. Cadden, now 33, sent the e-mail to the Philadelphia-based Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, which she found by searching Google.
May 15, 2011 |
Fretting is the new normal for retirement. We haven't saved enough, too many of us retire without financial security, and we may need to work longer to achieve it - assuming we can hang on to our jobs or find new ones. No wonder that workers and retirees are more pessimistic about their future prospects than they've been in years. The outlook shouldn't remain that glum if the economy keeps improving. But it's critical to understand how retirement has changed. Here's a look at some retiree money myths and the facts behind them: Medicare covers all important health-care costs.
October 30, 2010 |
On Saturday, any child in Philadelphia who is not insured or is underinsured can go to Wills Eye Institute for a free eye exam and two pairs of free glasses, if needed. Pennsylvania law requires that all students receive vision screenings at school. But nearly 14,000 children in Philadelphia who failed their screening test last year did not receive any follow-up care, according to Public Citizens for Children and Youth. To bridge part of the gap, Wills' second annual Give Kids Sight Day expects to reach about 2,000 children from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wills Eye will also ensure that children who attend Saturday's event and cannot get in for a screening can return another day for an appointment.
July 28, 2009 |
Lawrence Ragone could see a need. He had a vision. Born in Camden, he started his practice in optometry there in 1956. He quickly realized many in Camden - and this was 50 years ago - couldn't afford eye care. So in 1961, he persuaded fellow optometrists to open a clinic for the poor. Ragone retired from his practice in 1994 and went to work full time as executive director of the clinic he founded, the Camden Eye Center, renamed last month the South Jersey Eye Center.
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.