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Updated: August 21, 2014 6:17AM



VSP Vision Care, in partnership with Prevent Blindness and the South Suburban Family Shelter, and with the cooperation of Kirschner Vision, will offer free eye exams for women and children from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 in Homewood, according to a press release.

A new survey from Prevent Blindness found that only 9 percent of American women realize they are at greater risk of permanent vision loss than men. According to its study, entitled “Vision Problems in the U.S.,” 66 percent of those experiencing blindness are women, 61 percent of those suffering with cataracts are women, and 65 percent of those with age-related macular degeneration are women — figures almost double those of their male counterparts, the release said.

To be eligible for free eye care at the event, women age 19 and older and children age 18 and younger must have a Social Security number. Patients must have a family income below the federal poverty level and must not have any other vision insurance or have had an eye exam within the past 12 months, the release said.

Eligible patients will receive services onboard a VSP Mobile Eyes eye care clinic, outfitted with state-of-the-art exam rooms and a dispensary that features popular frame brands, it said. Patients will receive a comprehensive eye exam and some may receive glasses, if needed, the release said.

“Thanks to the tremendous work at South Suburban Family Shelter and, of course, the generous support of VSP Vision Care, we can help to bring much-needed eye care services to those who are in serious need,” Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness, said in the release.

Appointments for an eye exam are suggested. Call the South Suburban Family Shelter at (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.

For free information on eye health for adults and children, call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020 or visit www.preventblindness.org. For more information about VSP Mobile Eyes, visit www.globaleyesofhope.com.

Staff report



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