Screenings available for eye conditions

Screenings available for eye conditions

CHAMPAIGN — Free screenings for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at Frances Nelson Health Center, 819 Bloomington Road, C.

Diabetic retinopathy, which is damage to the blood vessels of the retina, is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness among adults in the U.S.

Macular degeneration, a deterioration of the central part of the retina, is a leading cause of vision loss among older adults.

Screenings for both these conditions — available to people of all ages but recommended for adults 55 and older — are being provided courtesy of the Champaign Lions Club and the Lions of Illinois Foundation.

Anyone intending to be screened will need to register upon arrival.

The screenings will take about five minutes, and results will be mailed. If problems are detected, patients may be advised to see their eye doctors for further evaluation and possible treatment.

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