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Creighton Offers Free Glaucoma Screenings in January

Creighton Offers Free Glaucoma Screenings in January

The Creighton University Office of Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA) and Division of Ophthalmology at Creighton University Medical Center will celebrate Glaucoma Awareness Month in January with free eye screenings.

“An estimated 2.5 million Americans have glaucoma. Half of thoee individuals are unaware that they suffer from the disease, which is the second leading cause of blindness in this country,” said Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, M.D., Creighton chief of ophthalmology and associate vice president for health sciences. “Early detection is critical in treating glaucoma.”

The 20-minute screenings will include tests for visual acuity (clarity), visual field, and intraocular pressure measurement. Appointments are not necessary. For more information, call (402) 280-3964.

The screenings will take place:

  • Saturday, Jan. 10, 9 a.m.-noon at Charles Drew Health Center, 2915 Grant St.
  • Saturday, Jan. 24, 1-4 p.m. at One World Community Health Centers, 4920 S. 30th St., #103.

Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey, Kosoko-Lasaki, other Creighton ophthalmologists and optometrists, and Douglas County Health Department officials will kick off Glaucoma Awareness Month on Jan. 9, 9-10:30 a.m. in the Jesse Lowe Conference Room, Suite 300, at the City County Building, 1819 Farnam St.

Since 2001, Creighton has reached out to populations that are at particular risk of developing glaucoma, including African Americans and Hispanics, through free eye screenings and educational programs and materials.

Hispanics and African Americans over the age of 40; all individuals 65 and older; people with hypertension, diabetes or family histories of glaucoma; and those who have experienced a serious eye injury are at higher risk of glaucoma. Kosoko-Lasaki said “at-risk individuals should have complete eye exams at least every one to two years.”

The Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation in New York, Creighton ophthalmologists and optometrists, Prevent Blindness Nebraska, and Alcon Laboratories help support Creighton’s glaucoma programs.