Free Healthy Eye Screenings

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

WHAT:  Free Healthy Eye Screenings

At these University of Arizona Medical Center and UA Department of Ophthalmology sponsored healthy eye screenings, we check for cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and dry eye. Screenings are recommended for individuals over age 18, those with a family history of eye disease, a diagnosis of diabetes and/or high blood pressure, and for those taking certain medications. Click here to view and post the flier.

DATE & TIME:  SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 8 A.M. - NOON

Free eye screenings also will be held Saturday, May 17 and June 21 – same time.

PLACE: St. Elizabeth’s Health Center
140 W. Speedway Blvd., Tucson
(next to Pima Community College west of Stone & Speedway)
          
Are you worried about your vision? Do you have a family history of glaucoma? Are you age 50 or older and concerned about the health of your eyes?

The University of Arizona Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, in conjunction with the University of Arizona Medical Center (UAMC) sponsor monthly Free Healthy Eye Screenings at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center. The next screening date is Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon). Please call 694-1471 to make an appointment!

“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, May 17 and June 21, 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.

About St. Elizabeth’s Health Center
St. Elizabeth's Health Center in Tucson is a faith-based community health clinic that cares for the uninsured and underinsured persons in the region. Since 1961, St. Elizabeth's has served patients of all ages who need medical and/or dental services. St. Elizabeth's operates with patient fees that are determined through a sliding scale according to patient income and family size. A large number of volunteer health care providers serve St. Elizabeth's patients including doctors, dentists, behavioral health professionals, nurse practitioners, nurses and others.

About the UA Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science
The University of Arizona College of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science is among the top ophthalmology departments at U.S. universities, receiving research funding from the National Institutes of Health. It offers state-of-the-art ophthalmology services and also provides medical education, training programs and research in preserving vision. Our physician/professors are skilled clinicians with exceptional educational backgrounds, who supervise the care provided for approximately 39,000 patients annually at the Alvernon Physician Offices. Our eye care team includes 9 full-time ophthalmologists, two full-time optometrists as well as 40 staff members.

About The University of Arizona Medical Center
UAMC - University Campus along with its sister hospital, UAMC - South Campus, are part of the University of Arizona Health Network – Arizona's premier academic medical network. UAHN also includes Diamond Children's, the UA Cancer Center - North Campus and Orange Grove Campus, dozens of clinics, the University of Arizona Health Plans and the University of Arizona Physicians – which is the practice plan for faculty physicians of the UA College of Medicine. University Campus is Southern Arizona’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. As the primary teaching hospital of the UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy that – along with the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health – comprise the academic core of the Arizona Health Sciences Center, the hospital has been nationally recognized for providing exceptional patient care, teaching new health-care professionals and conducting groundbreaking research through physician-scientists across multiple disciplines. It is consistently listed among the nation’s top hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s prestigious “Best Hospitals” rankings. In 2014, UAMC also was named one of Becker's Hospital Review's 100 Great Hospitals. For appointments or further information, please visit uahealth.com.

Contact:

Jill Brickman-Kelleher
Senior Program Manager, Eye Care/Ophthalmology Clinic
(520) 694-1471
Jill.Brickman-Kelleher@uahealth.com