Saturday, January 9, 2010

Eye Exams Being Offered During January Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma affects three million people in the U.S. and is one of the leading causes of blindness. So the big question is: Are you, your loved ones, blog readers and friends all getting regular eye exams? In honor of January’s Glaucoma Awareness Month, EyeCare America encourages those without insurance to really take advantage of its national Glaucoma EyeCare Program! The program offers FREE glaucoma eye exams for those at increased risk of glaucoma. Family history, race and age play a big part in evaluating your risk. African-Americans, Hispanics and people with diabetes are also at higher risk of getting the disease.

But, there is good news: If detected early, there is hope! Glaucoma can be treated with eye drops that lower eye pressure, laser therapy that allows for better drainage of fluids inside the eye, or eye surgery to create a new drainage canal. Glaucoma doesn’t have to interfere with leading a happy, sighted and fulfilling life. So if you or a loved one is not getting regular eye exams, just remember that a simple, quick and painless office test can save your eye sight!

Want to learn more? Check out this informative video:

As a parent, you ensure your child is healthy by taking them for annual check-ups. And as your parents and relatives get older, sometimes they need a little nudge and reminder to do the same. To see if you, a loved one or a friend, is eligible to receive a referral for a FREE eye exam and care, or to request free eye care information, call 1-800-391-EYES (3937), 24 hours a day, every day, year round. All eligible callers receive a referral to one of EyeCare America's 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists.


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Anonymous said...

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