Free eye screenings in Tucson Saturday

2014-07-14T00:00:00Z Free eye screenings in Tucson SaturdayBy Stephanie Innes Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Tucson-area residents concerned about their eye health are invited to a free eye screening at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center on Saturday. 

The screening is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon. St. Elizabeth’s is at 140 W. Speedway west of North Stone Avenue, next to Pima Community College. Screenings will also be held on Aug. 16 and Sept. 20.

University of Arizona medical students will be taking blood pressure and conducting basic vision tests. The screenings will check for cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and dry eye.

Appointments may be scheduled by calling 694-1471.

Screenings are recommended for anyone over the age of 18 who has a family history of eye disease, a diagnosis of diabetes and/or high blood pressure and for people taking certain medications.

People with a family history of glaucoma or those 50 and older who are concerned about eye health are particularly encouraged to attend. The event is being sponsored by the UA Department of Opthalmology and Vision Science in conjunction with the UA Medical Center.

Doctors will review screening results with each patient and provide them with a copy of their exam, UA officials say.

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.

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