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Transitions Optical to Provide Free Vision Screenings at the American Diabetes Association's Feria de Salud por tu Familia(TM)
Date:11/7/2008

Two Los Angeles Universities, VSP(R) Vision Care and Transitions Optical

Join Together to Help Hispanic Families Improve Their Eye Health

PINELLAS PARK, Fla., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Transitions Optical, Inc. announced its partnership with the American Career College, Hacienda La Puente Adult Education and VSP(R) Vision Care to promote healthy sight habits among the Los Angeles Hispanic community at the American Diabetes Association's Feria de Salud por tu Familia(TM). The family health fair will be held on Sunday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Placita Olvera at 125 Paseo La Plaza Street in Los Angeles.

"It is imperative to consider healthy sight as part of overall health and wellness. Therefore, we would like to invite Hispanic consumers to visit the Transitions area at the family health fair and have the opportunity to meet eyecare professionals and learn about ways to improve their eye health," said Pete Sandoval, Program Director of Hacienda La Puente Adult Education.

One of the most important health concerns for Hispanics is the prevalence of diabetes and its effects on the eyes. According to a recent clinical report released by the Transitions Partners in Education(TM) program, 50 percent of surveyed diabetic patients were not aware of vision problems as a side effect of diabetes, while only 38 percent of those surveyed who do not have diabetes knew that the disease could pose side effects in their vision.(1) Diabetes can affect the eyes in many ways. During the early stage of the disease, patients often experience blurred vision. Therefore, in many cases, a patient's eyecare professional may be the first to detect the disease, based on changes seen in the eye through a comprehensive eye exam.(2) In the Los Angeles area there are over 600,000 people diagnosed with diabetes.(3)

Diabetes and the medications that many patients must take to control the disease can directly affect quality of vision by reducing contras
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