Fig Lancaster Summer 2013 | vol 30 - 8
david i. silbert, md
dr. david silbert believes that every
child deserves to see well.
Since first launching KinderSee in 2008, Dr.
Silbert-a pediatric ophthalmologist with
Lancaster's Family Eye Group-has found
deep personal and professional satisfaction
in providing eye care for local at-risk
"It's wonderful to work with these kids," says
Dr. Silbert. "You see that sparkle in their eye,
and you want to keep that sparkle there."
A comprehensive program designed to
screen and treat socio-economically
disadvantaged children, KinderSee provides
integrated eye care from screening to
glasses to treatment for amblyopia (lazy
eye), helping each child experience a
school environment in which vision doesn't
impede learning or success in life.
As Dr. Silbert explains: "When people ask
me, 'Why are you doing this in the schools?' I
say, 'Because that's where the kids are.'
The bottom line is that serving children's
vision needs results in improved
outcomes-better grades, better behavior."
"We're going to villages, doing the
screenings, the exams, and the glasses in
the same day. It made me think that if we
could do it in Honduras, we can do it here."
"I love my glasses so
much that I wear them
to bed so I can see
better in my dreams."
A partnership between Family Eye Group
and School District of Lancaster, KinderSee's
mission is to provide excellent vision for
every child without regard to financial
resources. To help defray the cost of
providing eyeglasses, transportation,
and other related needs, tax-deductible
donations to KinderSee can now be made
online through the Lancaster Education
Foundation at kindersee.org/donations.
Bringing the lessons learned through
medical missions work back home to
Lancaster, Dr. Silbert is part of a team that
regularly travels to Honduras to provide
For the kids who receive care, they're not
only getting the gift of better sight, but also
a brighter and more successful future. And
as one child said of her new specs: "I love
my glasses so much that I wear them to bed
so I can see better in my dreams."
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