Dr.Tamara Hill-Bennett, Optometrist.
Dr. Hill-Bennett has been in practice for over 14 years. She is the only eye doctor in the Philadelphia area caring for the elderly in their homes. She continues to bridge the gap in ocular health care by providing mobile care to school students with our "Healthy Vision Charter School Initiative". She mentors high school students and is a great motivational speaker.
There are over 60, 000 children with in the charter school system, therefore forty percent (40%) of these students may have undetected visual problems. Beginning in October and continuing through May of each school year, Dr. Tamara Hill-Bennett optometrist and CEO of Logic Eye Care Inc will launch Health Vision Charter School Initiative. The children who have failed school screenings given by school nurse will be our priority.
The majority of examinations will take place on site of the Charter School, providing a convenience to parents unable to travel to the Logic Eye Care clinic. For those parents who desire an in-office examination, appointment will be available.
On December 22, 2009, Dr. Hill-Bennett was featured in the Northeast Times for her outreach at First Philadelphia Charter School. During her first visit to the school, nurse Joyce Skoczylas presented Dr. Hill-Bennett with 19 students suspected of having vision difficulties. All students examined needed glasses, including one whose prescription had changed since receiving a first pair of glasses. Overall, Dr. Hill-Bennett examined 40 students at Philadelphia Paradigm the majority of the students received glasses. Most of the children had vision coverage which provided two pairs of glasses.
Since, its inception The Health Vision Charter Schools Initiative has provided comprehsive ocular examinations site and provided glasses to over 200 children. We are seeking to provide examinations to over 400 children during the remainder of the school year.
Healthy vision in one of many tools a child needs to succeed in school. Research done by eye care professionals has estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through his or her eyes. Reading, writing, chalkboard work ( smart board), and using computers are among the visual tasks students perform daily. When a child’s vision is not functioning properly, education and participation in sports can suffer. Poorly developed visual skills can cause a child to withdraw in the classroom, attempt their work at a lowered comprehension and efficiency, and experience discomfort and a short attention span.
The need for extensive eye examinations, verses in school screenings for detecting vision problems has been widely recognized. Most school children receive vision screenings which can test for visual activity, but are limited in detecting more serious vision problems. A study funded by the National Eye Institute found that even the most sophisticated vision screenings miss one-third of children with eye or vision disorders. According to information from the American Optometric Association, over 10 million U.S. children suffer from undetected vision problems, even after they pass a school vision screening, leading to adverse affects in their academic performance.
Therefore, help us to help you in guiding our children to be the best that they can be. Our children are our future and the key to success is a quality education. Call today 215-634-2020 to schedule Dr. Tamara Hill-Bennett to come to your school or for more information.