Free Glaucoma Screening at UTHSC Hamilton Eye Institute

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The Friends of Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation (FCGCF), the UTHSC Community Affairs Department and the UTHSC Hamilton Eye Institute are collaborating to offer free glaucoma screenings on Friday, January 19.

Who: The Friends of Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation (FCGCF) in collaboration with the UT Health Science Center (UTHSC) Community Affairs Department and the UTHSC Hamilton Eye Institute.

The Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation provides diagnostic screening opportunities for high risk glaucoma populations in their home districts across the nation.

What: Free Glaucoma screenings.

The FCGCF mobile unit is equipped with the latest equipment for conducting vision and glaucoma screening. Screenings will be conducted by UTHSC eye care professionals assisted by UTHSC medical students and residents.

When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2007

Where Hamilton Eye Institute Parking Lot – 930 Madison Avenue, Memphis

Why: Glaucoma often has no symptoms, until vision has been permanently decreased. With early treatment, eyesight can be protected against serious vision loss and blindness. Those at the highest risk are African-Americans, who are five to seven times more likely to develop glaucoma, and Hispanic people. Also at risk are people over the age of 60, those with a family history of glaucoma, and anyone with diabetes or high blood pressure.