Phillips Eye Institute

St. Paul Public Schools Expands Eye Exam Program

[KSTP-TV, November 20, 2015] St. Paul Public Schools is expanding eye exams for younger students. On Monday, the Otto Bremer Foundation announced a $250,000 challenge grant to pay for eye screenings in school. The goal of the See Saint Paul campaign is to raise $600,000 to increase the number of students who are tested. Phillips […]

See Saint Paul gets major grant to help provide eye care for students

See Saint Paul gets major grant to help provide eye care for students

[MINNPOST, November 16, 2015] Kids who can’t see can’t learn. That’s an intuitive conviction for many educators — and a proven phenomenon for health experts like Phillips Eye Institute Foundation Executive Director Beverly Fritz. “Sometimes if a child can’t see the whiteboard, they just act out and they get into trouble,” Fritz said. “With what […]

Vision quest: a simple initiative by the Phillips Institute is making a big difference for public school kids

Vision quest: a simple initiative by the Phillips Institute is making a big difference for public school kids

[MinnPost, August 21, 2015] A few years back Dr. Irving Shapiro asked his good friend Peter Heegard to go for a walk. Heegard is an author and retired investment banker with a toe in pretty much every civic initiative a person could name. The founder of the Phillips Eye Institute, Shapiro wanted to show him […]

Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile gives free exams, glasses to students

[WCCO-TV, Feb. 12, 2015] Optometrists say poor vision can easily affect a student’s performance in school. But if you don’t have insurance, it can be a struggle to pay for an eye exam and prescription glasses. About 20 St. Paul kids who failed vision screenings at their school last fall got a follow-up exam Thursday […]

St. Paul school kids get help with vision problems

[Pioneer Press, Nov. 17, 2014] Free eye screenings for students in St. Paul Public Schools now come with an offer to pay for doctor visits, eyeglasses and even surgery thanks to the Phillips Eye Institute‘s Early Youth Eyecare (EYE) Community Initiative. The Phillips Eye Institute Foundation has provided free screenings and follow-up care to Minneapolis […]

Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile unveiled to public with free vision screening

[WCCO-TV & KSTP-TV, July 16, 2014] The Twin Cities are seeing another benefit from hosting the 2014 All-Star Game. With funding help from Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins, the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile made its public debut Wednesday. The public was invited to go inside for free vision screenings. The eye mobile is […]

Allina Health and St. Paul Schools announce new vision program

[KSTP-TV, May 8, 2014] If kids can’t see what the teacher is showing them or read the board at the front of the class, they have trouble learning. That’s why the Phillips Eye Institute, part of Allina Health, provides vision screening for elementary school students. A new partnership between Phillips Eye Institute and St. Paul […]

Free vision tests expand into St. Paul Public Schools

[WCCO-TV, May 6, 2014] Thousands of kids in St. Paul will soon be getting a better education. It’s not because their teachers are doing anything different. It’s because they’ll be able to see the board and their books better. Over the last few years, vision tests have been phased out at many public schools in […]

Hospitals report fewer preventable mistakes

Hospitals report fewer preventable mistakes

[Star Tribune, January 23, 2014] While acknowledging that one error is too many, hospital officials said patients are safer than they were 10 years ago when Minnesota first started publicly listing hospitals that committed any of 28 adverse events, also known as “never events” because they are considered preventable. Surgeries to the wrong body part, […]

Parasite strikes Minnesota firefighter’s eye

[KARE-TV, Feb. 3, 2012] Newlywed Hayley Bester has to look at her wedding pictures with only one eye. Bester’s right eye is the victim of an attack by a water-borne parasite called Acanthamoeba Keratitis. “The amoeba is an organism that lives in water and it also has an affinity for contact lenses,” says Dr. Omar Awad, […]