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Creighton Offers Free Glaucoma Screenings in January

Creighton Offers Free Glaucoma Screenings in January

Creighton University's Office of Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA) will celebrate Glaucoma Awareness Month in January with free eye screenings.

"An estimated 2.5 million Americans have glaucoma. Half of those 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 professor of surgery (ophthalmology) and associate vice president for health sciences. "Early detection is critical in treating glaucoma."

On Jan. 11, Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and Kosoko-Lasaki kicked off Glaucoma Awareness Month with a ceremony at the City County Building. Millicent Palmer, M.D., Creighton associate professor of surgery (ophthalmology) and chief of Ophthalmology for the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, spoke on "Health Disparities in Individuals Screened and Treated for Glaucoma."

The 20-minute free eye 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:

  • Jan 12, 9 a.m.-noon at Charles Drew Health Center, 1111 N. 17th St.
  • Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-noon at One World Community Health Centers, 4920 S. 30th St.

Since 2001, HS-MACA 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 helps support Creighton's glaucoma programs.

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