“Creighton University Glaucoma Outreach Efforts”
Approximately 2.5 million Americans have glaucoma, but one half may be unaware that they have a potentially blinding disease because they have no symptoms. Glaucoma is a condition associated with elevated pressure inside the eye, which can damage the optic nerve and cause vision loss. African Americans over age 40, individuals over age 65, people with a family history of glaucoma, individuals that have experienced a serious eye injury, and people with diabetes are at higher risk.
- “Glaucoma Awareness Month” - Creighton University, through the Office of the Vice President for health Sciences began promoting January as “Glaucoma Awareness Month” in 2001. The observance begins with a kick-off attended by many community leaders and leaders in the African American community. The City of Omaha supports the efforts with a proclamation presented by Mayor Mike Fahey. Dr. M. Roy Wilson, Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine, and Dr. Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, Associate Vice President for Multicultural and Community Affairs, visit local churches sharing presentations on the devastating effects of glaucoma on the African American community. In addition they provided free glaucoma screenings with the volunteer assistance of several medical students. On January 27, 2001, nearly 90 individuals were screened and on January 26, 2002, about 80 individuals were screened. Some new cases with glaucoma were identified. This shows the importance of providing these screenings in the community to citizens who may not have the opportunity or resources to receive such services in the clinic. Both of these screening events were hosted by Pilgrim Baptist Church in North Omaha. Prevent Blindness Nebraska is also a collaborating partner in these events.
- “Surgical Intervention of Glaucoma in St. Lucia, West Indies”- See Article to be published in Creighton Magazine, next edition
- “Preventing Glaucoma Blindness in Nebraska: A Creighton Initiative”- One page write up enclosed, Carola Okogba
Glaucoma Awarness Month
During Glaucoma Awarness Month there will be scrennings on January 16th, 2010 and January 30th, 2010 both running from 9 am till Noon with no appointment required
January 16th, 2010- Charles Drew Health Center 9am till Noon
January 30th, 2010- One World Community Health 9am till Noon