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January 8, 2013
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate to offer free glaucoma screenings

In recognition of Glaucoma Awareness Month, Upstate Medical University will offer free glaucoma screenings from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Upstate’s HealthLink site, 6333 Route 298, East Syracuse. To register for a screening, call 315-464-8668. Parking at HealthLink is free.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States and the leading cause of blindness among African Americans. It’s estimated that only about half of the estimated three million Americans with glaucoma are aware that they have the condition. Early detection and treatment can preserve one’s sight, which is why screening is so important.

A simple, painless eye examination can detect the disease. A basic exam includes dilation (pupil enlargement with eye drops), intraocular (fluid level) pressure measurements, examination of the optic nerve. When there is increased risk, a more extensive testing is needed, including a visual field test, measurement of central corneal thickness (CCT), and possible photography and imaging of the optic nerve.

The free screenings are provided by physicians from Upstate’s Department of Ophthalmology.

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