FREE GLAUCOMA SCREENINGS OFFERED BY UH
Early Detection, Prompt Intervention Top Priority
As part of National Glaucoma Month, the University Eye Institute
at the University of Houston College of Optometry is offering free
vision screening for at-risk individuals Thursday, Jan. 15, through
Saturday, Jan. 17, at an area community center and church.
The comprehensive screenings will allow eye care professionals
to run tests that run the gamut from specialized visual fields,
taking non-contact intraocular pressures and viewing optic nerves
with non-dilated ophthalmoscopy. Optometry student volunteers will
perform modified exams for general vision screening, as well.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of both preventable and irreversible
blindness in the United States, with more than three million suffering
from the disease and less than half diagnosed. An insidious disease
that begins subtly with vision slowly worsening and ending dramatically
in partial or complete blindness, glaucoma causes damage to optic
nerve cells. Those at greatest risk include African Americans and
Hispanics older than 40, anyone older than 60, those with a family
history of the disease, anyone older than 40 with a history of myopia
and anyone who has experienced severe trauma to the eyes.
Roger Martin, a well-known national glaucoma-screening advocate,
is spearheading this initiative with UH. A glaucoma patient who
has dedicated the last several years to saving vision through early
intervention, Martin founded the Lions Eye Health Program to fight
blindness throughout the country. Setting up screenings and public
education programs with volunteer institutions such as UH across
the country, this program has helped more than 34,000 people to
be screened for glaucoma and other eye diseases.
Along with faculty and student volunteers from UH’s University
Eye Institute, Martin will participate in conducting screenings
near the campus at the Community Family Centers from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m., Jan. 15-16, and at the Evangelist Temple Church of God in
Christ from 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 17.
“I am very excited about the diversity of the screening locations,”
said Martin. “People need the service, and the optometry students
learn a lot about life and how good it is to give.”
Screenings are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary.
||Vision Screening for Glaucoma
||9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15 & Friday, Jan. 16
Community Family Centers, 7524 Avenue E (off I-45 South &
Harrisburg, East of campus)
||9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 17
Evangelist Temple Church of God in Christ, 11603 Martin Luther
King Blvd. (South of campus)
||National Glaucoma Month
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