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Free Eye Exams Available

(Sewell, NJ) The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced today that free Eye Exams will be offered monthly beginning on October 12, 2010 from 2 to 6 pm. The program is being administered through the Gloucester County Office of Disability Services and the New Jersey Commission for the Blind.  Exams will be held on the second Tuesday of every month. 


"We have many residents in today's economic climate that do not have the funds or insurance to cover an eye exam.  This free clinic is open to all residents who need an eye exam, even children," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. 


Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Jr. said that the free eye exams are part of the County's Office of Educational and Disability Services outreach efforts to help keep residents healthy.  The program is not costing the county any funds, the county is providing the physical location and assisting with scheduling appointments. 


"We are pleased to partner with the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired who will be providing the physician and staff for this program.  An eye exam can save someone's vision.  According to national research it is estimated that 50% of all cases of blindness or severe vision loss could have been prevented by early detection of disorders and the appropriate follow-up care," said Freeholder Brigandi.


The free eye exams will be held at the Gloucester County College Instructional Center Room 425B beginning on October 12, 2010, from 2 pm to 6 pm, and exams will be held the second Tuesday of each month.  They are open to the public for anyone needing an eye exam.  Children under the age of 18 will need the signature of a parent or guardian.  Appointments are not necessary but recommended 856-681-6128.