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Date:6/16/2009

Country's Leading Eye Experts to Answer Questions and Concerns as Part of 'Ask An Eye Doctor' Vision Research Month Campaign during the Week of June 22

SAN FRANCISCO, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- JustAnswer(R), the website where people go when they need answers from Doctors, Lawyers, Mechanics or other Experts, today announced it is partnering with the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF), as part of Vision Research Month. The collaboration is to help the non-profit educate, identify and treat individuals with glaucoma. This disease, diagnosed in 2.4 million people per year worldwide, leads to blindness if untreated.

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The "Ask an Eye Doctor" section of GRF's website features a question box linking inquirers directly to JustAnswer's Eye Experts, thereby providing visitors instant and affordable access to some of the country's leading ophthalmologists and Eye Experts. With this Web destination, JustAnswer and GRF are empowering people all over the world with knowledge by connecting them with Expert insight into symptoms, treatments, risk factors, costs and other general issues related to glaucoma any time of the day and typically within minutes.

The following GRF affiliated ophthalmologists and Eye Experts on JustAnswer will be available the week of June 22 to answer questions regarding glaucoma and various eye conditions:

  • Dr. Daniel Jewelewicz, Columbia University-trained glaucoma specialist who was named a South Florida "Super Doctor" by the New York Times (Monday-Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET);
  • Dr. Andrew Rabinowitz, author of several published glaucoma research works and recipient of the prestigious Pharmacia Top Doc Award in 2001 (Monday-Thursday, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET); and
  • Dr. Bradley Schuster, University of Colorado assistant clinical professor and glaucomatologist at Kaiser Permanente in Denver (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET, and Friday, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET).

Beginning at $14 per question, inquiring minds will get answers to online queries related to the disease typically within minutes during the kickoff week and beyond. During the time periods mentioned above and from each question the three doctors answer, proceeds will go to GRF, which has funded $45 million worth of projects linked to the end-goal of finding a cure over the past three decades.

"We are always striving to offer every resource imaginable in fighting glaucoma," said GRF President and CEO Thomas Brunner. "JustAnswer provides an interactive component to our site that is unprecedented in the glaucoma research community and a powerful complement to what is already the most comprehensive destination for information, education and support concerning the disease."

Because the disease progresses slowly and with virtually no warning symptoms, glaucoma is particularly difficult to identify. The only way to determine if a person has glaucoma is through a comprehensive eye examination. Thus, awareness is critical. Although there is no cure, blindness can be prevented with early detection and treatment.

"We have a great respect and deep admiration for GRF's efforts to inform the public of the specifics of glaucoma," said JustAnswer CEO Andy Kurtzig. "We are proud to help GRF provide around-the-clock assistance to people everywhere looking for answers from Eye Experts in identifying and managing this disease."

Similar to an on-call 24/7 service, JustAnswer provides individuals with quick, immediate, cost-effective online access to verified Medical Experts for answers to vital questions - no health insurance required.

Eye Experts on JustAnswer are available anytime via the Medical category, one of the company's hundred categories.

About the Glaucoma Research Foundation

The Glaucoma Research Foundation is the nation's largest non-governmental funding agency dedicated solely to glaucoma research and education having raised over $45 million to support this mission. In addition to funding projects such as the Catalyst For a Cure Research Consortium and the Shaffer Grants for Innovative Glaucoma Research, GRF is also the "go to" source for education materials such as 'Understanding and Living with Glaucoma' a resource for patients newly diagnosed with the disease. The Foundation's Newsletter, Gleams, reaches over 100,000 glaucoma patients, physicians, scientists and educators throughout the United States. Website: www.glaucoma.org.

About JustAnswer

JustAnswer(R) serves as an online platform where more than 19 million registered users receive answers from 20 thousand doctors, lawyers and other people that JustAnswer collectively calls Experts. Millions with questions come to the site for affordable and timely insight in more than 100 categories, ranging from Medical to Legal. The JustAnswer network enables registered Experts to provide answers within minutes, to help ensure customer satisfaction. JustAnswer is ranked as a top 200 website by the leading global Internet ratings service, Quantcast. For more information about the company, please visit the JustAnswer website or view real-time questions online now.

Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners and do not imply any affiliation or endorsement of JustAnswer. JustAnswer uses the term Expert to refer to the people answering questions.


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