“Working at the screenings are board-certified ophthalmologists, resident ophthalmologists as well as UA medical students who will be taking your blood pressure and conduct basic vision tests,” said Jill Brickman-Kelleher, senior program manager, Alvernon Eye Care Center at the UAMC - Alvernon Physician Offices, 707 N. Alvernon Way.
Checked for during screenings are cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and dry eye. The screenings are recommended for individuals over age 18 with a family history of eye disease, a diagnosis of diabetes and/or high blood pressure, and for those taking certain medications. The doctors will go over screening results with each patient and give them a copy of their exam. They will also provide referrals for appropriate care if required based on the screening results. Eyeglasses are not provided at the screening. If glasses are needed, patients can be referred to low-cost service at the Tucson office of the Arizona Lions Vision Center.
Additional free eye screenings will take place on Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20, also from 8 a.m. to noon. You must make an appointment. To schedule a screening appointment or for more information about upcoming screenings, call (520) 694-1471.