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Mobile Vision Clinic Rolls Into Gloucester County. Free vision screening offered to Senior Residents.

(Woodbury) -- Gloucester County officials helped kick off the new service that the Camden Eye Mobile Vision Clinic will offer senior citizen throughout the county. The kick off was held at a special meeting of the Senior Club Presidents held at the Gloucester County Main Branch Library in Mullica Hill. This program will provide free information and eye care to all seniors of Gloucester County.

"We are excited to have this program offered to our senior residents. It is vital that seniors have their eyes checked frequently to detect glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy or any other eye care problem," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "Some residents haven't had their eyes checked in years or may not be able to afford it and this program will allow them to receive quality eye care without the out of pocket expenses," said Sweeney.

Freeholder Helene M. Reed, Liaison to Health and Senior Services said, "Through this program our seniors will receive free comprehensive vision and eye health screenng, personal and private counseling with certified ophthalmic professionals and information on eye diseases and health related topics via brochures and a presentation." Reed said, "Seniors need to take appropriate steps to ensure a healthy life. Any person 55 or older may encounter vision problems and need to maintain proper care of their eyes."

The program, funded by a state grant to the Camden Eye Center, was developed to provide education and awareness to seniors concerning glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and low vision impairment.

A mobile unit will visit Gloucester County's 34 Senior Clubs by appointment. The program is hoping to reach as many seniors as possible. All senior residents are welcome.

The Camden Eye Center is a non-profit organization that has been providing comprehensive vision care services to low income, uninsured and needy residents since 1961.