Department of Public Affairs -- 8900 Van Wyck Expressway Jamaica, New York 11418
For Immediate Release
Name: Michael Hinck
Free Glaucoma Screenings Offered at Flushing Hospital
<br>April 8, 2008 (Flushing, NY)—Flushing Hospital, located at 4500 Parsons Blvd, offers free glaucoma screenings every Monday from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm in the main lobby.
<br>Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve and can ultimately result in vision loss and blindness. Everyone is at risk for developing glaucoma, however, minorities—African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics, individuals over 60 years old, and people with a family history of glaucoma are at a much higher risk than others.
<br>Regular glaucoma check-ups can help protect the eyes from complete vision loss. There are several tests that can be used to detect glaucoma. Flushing Hospital uses a noncontact tonometry test, which measures the inner pressure of the eye. Appointments are not necessary to receive a free glaucoma screening. For additional information about the screenings, contact 718-206-6020.
<br><b>Flushing Hospital Medical Center</b> serves a community of over 1.9 million residents throughout Queens. This 293-bed facility is an accredited community teaching hospital that has over 40 general and specialty clinics, including Internal and Pediatric Medicine, Ophthalmology, Podiatry, OB/GYN, Dentistry, and Mental Health. The hospital also has the only patient Geriatric Medical Unit in Queens and an extensive Community Outreach Department. In 1999, FHMC was credited with discovering an outbreak of the West Nile Virus. For additional information, please contact Public Affairs at 718-206-6020.