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SJMPH Offers Eye Health Program
Start Date
03/14/2014
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 14, 2014

 

ST. JOSEPH MERCY HOSTS FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ON

UNDERSTANDING EYE HEALTH

Port Huron, MI…With many conditions affecting the aging eye, proper eye care is important to ensure good vision throughout the lifetime. St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron is pleased host a FREE community education event, titled: "Understanding Eye Health". The presentation will focus on the importance of proper eye health, including understanding cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Kamal Fahim, MD, of Port Huron Eye Care will provide information to community residents about caring for eyes, screening for conditions and surgical options when required. FREE cataract and glaucoma screenings will be available to the first 20 people who register.

The event will be held Monday, April 7, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Community Education Room, Mercy Health Center, located at 4190 24th Avenue, Fort Gratiot, MI. With refreshments served, the event is free to the public.

For more information regarding this event or to make a reservation to attend, call 810-987-1035.

Cataracts, a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye, previously involved a corrective major surgery a few decades ago. Today, cataract surgery is one of the most common and simplest operations with a success rate of more than 98 percent.

Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to the eye's optic nerve and is often associated with a build-up of pressure inside the eye. Without treatment glaucoma can cause loss of vision. Most people have no early symptoms or pain associated with glaucoma, making routine check-ups for eye health important. Early detection and treatment are key to preventing long-term damage.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It causes damage to the small spot near the retina called the macula, which is the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision. Blurred area near the center of vision is a common symptom. While AMD does not cause complete blindness, it does cause the loss of central vision making common daily tasks difficult, such driving, reading or seeing faces. A comprehensive dilated eye exam can detect AMD with several treatment options, including laser treatment, available for intermediate and late stage AMD.

For more information about the programs and services of St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, visit online at mymercy.us; or follow us on facebook and twitter.

 

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