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A Healthy New Year's Resolution for Your Eyes
Date:12/8/2008

EyeCare America and 7,000 Ophthalmologists Providing FREE Eye Exams in Honor of Glaucoma Awareness Month in January

San Francisco, CA (Vocus) December 8, 2008 -- Each year as the New Year approaches, people around the world resolve to make changes that will result in longer, happier and healthier lives. Often people are determined to lose weight while others are committed to kicking unhealthy habits such as smoking. This year EyeCare America would like to add "Get a Glaucoma Eye Exam!" to the list of healthy resolutions and Glaucoma Awareness Month in January is the perfect time to do it.



In honor of Glaucoma Awareness Month taking place in January 2009, EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, encourages those without insurance to take advantage of its national Glaucoma EyeCare Program. The program offers free glaucoma eye exams for those who are uninsured and considered to be at increased risk for glaucoma. To find out if they are eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam, those interested should call 1-800-391-EYES (3937). The help line is open 24 hours a day, every day, year round. All eligible callers receive a referral to one of EyeCare America's 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists who provide an examination for glaucoma and initiate treatment if necessary. Uninsured patients receive this care at no charge.

Additionally, EyeCare America is providing VHS tapes free of charge to those interested of the "Glaucoma and You" video, featuring baseball legend Willie Mays and actress Diahann Carroll, and DVDs of the "Glaucoma: A Guide for Latinos" video (available in English and Spanish), featuring boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya. These 30-minute educational vide
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