The Glaucoma Service Foundation reaches out to Middle Schoolers to teach about eyes and eye care

Dr. George Spaeth volunteered to speak to students at Cook-Wissahickon elementary school on April 20, 2012. Addressing the 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th grades, Dr. Spaeth spoke about how the eye works, common eye diseases, and ways that the children could solve problems in their own lives. The children were particularly interested in a story that Dr. Spaeth told about an experience he had as a medical student.

While a student, Dr. Spaeth helped discover that a B vitamin deficiency was the cause of severe mental defects which led to the death of several children at a hospital where he was training. Having found this, he and his colleagues were able to save the lives of several of the children in the hospital, one of whom grew up to become a doctor. Dr. Spaeth explained to the children that if they were to ask the right questions of the world around them, and focus on solving a particular problem, they too could have an enormous impact on the world around them.

Dr. Spaeth’s visit was organized by iPRAXIS, a Philadelphia based non-profit group which works to introduce under served and minority children to science and technology. Jeremiah J. White, Jr., newly elected President of the Glaucoma Service Foundation, is the Chairman of the Board at iPRAXIS ( Please contact Meagan Hopkins-Doerr at or (267) 253-6117 if you have any questions.

Dr. Spaeth Visits Elementary School

Dr. George Spaeth fields questions from a group of third and fourth grade
students at Cook -Wissahickon Elementary School on April 20, 2012.
Photo: Megan Hopkins-Doerr


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The Glaucoma Service Foundation’s mission is to preserve or enhance the health of all people with glaucoma and to provide a model of medical care by supporting the educational and research efforts of the physicians on the Wills Eye Institute Glaucoma Service, the largest glaucoma diagnosis and treatment center in the country.
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