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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Free Eye Screenings Available

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          For Immediate Release: January 13, 2012

Contact:  Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger (856-853-3390) or Freeholder Lyman Barnes (853-3380)

 

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Free Eye Screenings Available

 (Sewell, NJ) – County residents can receive free eye screenings and free tests for glaucoma through the Gloucester County Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired on the campus of Gloucester County College.

The free service is provided by the Gloucester County Office of Disability Services and the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and is open to the public.

 “We offer this service all year long, but January is National Glaucoma Awareness month so we want to be sure everyone gets checked.  Vision can be saved from glaucoma through early diagnosis and treatment, but once vision is lost, it cannot be restored,” said Freeholder Director Damminger. 

Freeholder Lyman Barnes said, “In this tight economy where many families don’t have insurance for optometry these free eye exams can really help out.  All you need to do to become eligible for a free eye exam is to make an appointment.”  Freeholder Barnes is the Liaison to the Department of Health & Education that provides the exams.

 Tests for glaucoma can be given even if a person does not require a full eye exam. 

 The screenings take place at the Gloucester County College Instruction Center, with accessible from parking lot F.  Children under the age of 18 will need the signature of a parent or guardian. 

 Appointments are available beginning on Wednesday February 22, and on the second Tuesday and fourth Wednesday of every month thereafter. 

                                                                                                 

For an appointment call the Gloucester County Division of Disability Services at 856-681-6128.

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