Free eye tests on offer to EL public

EYE CARE:Eye Centre is offering free screenings to the public on Friday October 19 Picture: FILE.

AS part of creating awareness on the importance of eye testing, the Eye Centre for Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma will be giving free screenings at the New Hope Fellowship Church Hall in Southernwood on Friday October 19.

The centre’s operations manager Joanne Hulley said the initiative was aimed at accommodating those who could not afford eyecare.

“Through our practice, we identified a population who does not have access to diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma screening and therefore planned screening days began,” she said.

She added that the free screening,  open to all members of the community, would  consist of a basic vision test, a measure of the pressure in the eyes and a photograph of the retina.

“The eyes are the window to your health, the eye is also one of the first places that shows systemic diseases.

“This is with regards to blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, kidney and heart problems.  A retinal photograph will be able to provide vital information with regards to your health. We strive to get the message across in terms of the importance of eye testing and to communicate the significance of findings in an understandable way,” Hulley said.

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