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Start Back to School with a Free Vision Exam

July 16, 2012

NEWS

           For Immediate Release: July 16, 2012

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

 Start Back to School with a Free Vision Exam

(Sewell, NJ) – Gloucester County is offering free eye screenings twice a month for all county children and adults.  This service is provided as a service of the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired in an effort to prevent or limit the impact of vision loss in our county.

 Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “Children should have their eyes examined yearly because their eyes can change quickly and an exam can catch vision-related learning problems that make reading difficult.”

 Gloucester County is providing the free exams for both children and adults; parents can bring in their children and have their own eyes checked as well.  Children under the age of 18 will need the signature of a parent or guardian.

 “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,” said Director Damminger.

 Half of all vision loss could be prevented by early detection of disorders and appropriate follow up care.  Eye diseases, like Glaucoma, can cause vision damage and eventual blindness without the patient experiencing any symptoms. 

 Freeholder Lyman Barnes, the liaison to the Division of Disability Services, said the Division offers the free eye exams on the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Wednesday of every month from 1 PM – 3 PM.  The exams take place at the Gloucester County Center for the Blind, on the campus of Gloucester County College in Instructional Center Room 425B;  accessible from parking lot F. 

 Please call (856) 681- 6128 to make an appointment for free eye screening for your child and yourself. 

 Walk-ins are accepted for Glaucoma screenings only.

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