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Posted on: July 3, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Health Department to Host Free Retinal Screenings on Monday

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The Pitt County Health Department’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is excited to be the host location for a free Retinal Screening offered by Prevent Blindness North Carolina. This event will be held on Monday, July 8, from 9:00am – 12:00pm at Pitt County Health Department, located at 201 Government Circle, Greenville, NC. The screening involves taking a picture of the retina of the eye under a flash of light, and can detect eye health problems such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and other issues with the overall health of the eye.

The American Diabetes Association recommends an annual dilated eye exam for everyone diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes (specifically diabetic retinopathy) is the leading cause of blindness among working-age adults in the United States. Early detection of diabetic retinopathy and proper care and treatment of diabetes can help prevent and/or delay blindness among individuals with diabetes.

This screening is free and open to any adults who want to check their eye health. However, the priority is to reach those who do not have insurance or who cannot afford a visit to the eye doctor for this service. Vouchers may be available to cover the cost of a full eye exam for individuals who are identified with eye problems during the screening.

Screening space is limited. Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. Those interested in pre-registering, can contact Angie Watson at 252-902-2361 or angie.watson@pittcountync.gov

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