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Weekly Resource: Upcoming FREE Eye and Hearing Testing

Submitted by Kendra Schroder, Independent Living Coordinator

For today’s Weekly Resource, we’d like to share with you some information about a FREE health event coming up in our area! Thanks to the Lion’s Club and Promise Healthcare for making this happen!

Here is the information we received directly from Promise Healthcare:

The Champaign Lions Club and the Lions of Illinois Foundation will provide free Diabetic Retinopathy screenings to help detect early warning of diabetic retinopathy or possible macular degeneration of the eye. The screenings will take place on Thursday, June 9, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Frances Nelson, 819 Bloomington Road in Champaign.

Anyone of any age may be tested, but it is especially important for adults of age 55 and up. If undetected, diabetic retinopathy can have severe visual consequences and even lead to blindness. The screening for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration is a free service provided by the Lions of Illinois Foundation made possible by donations to local Lions Clubs and the Lions of Illinois Foundation.

The screenings are free and open to the general public. Individuals interested in having their eyes screened and/or hearing tested should register at Frances Nelson when they arrive for the test. Each test will take approximately five minutes and the results will be mailed to each individual. In some cases this test also provides an early indication of diabetes. This is not an eye test like one would do to receive glasses.

“We are pleased that the Lions Club has chosen Frances Nelson to offer this service to our patients and the community as a whole, said Nancy Greenwalt, Executive Director of Promise Healthcare.

“Lions Clubs are the largest service club in the world,” according to Marvin Paulsen, local member of the Champaign Lions Club. “Their main focus is and always has been on eyes, eyesight, and hearing.”

Other projects the Lions Club is involved in is the collection of used eyeglasses, low vision testing, providing eye glasses for people in need, and reducing river blindness. The screening for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration and hearing is a free service provided by the Lions of Illinois Foundation made possible by donations to local Lions Clubs and the Lions of Illinois Foundation.

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