Free Vision Screening Program Comes to Fort Worth

EyeCheck Screening

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (Academy) and Texas Ophthalmological Association will bring a new screening initiative, EyeSmart® EyeCheck, a program created to combat undetected eye disease and visual impairment among at-risk populations in the United States, to Fort Worth. The free vision screening will take place at North Side Community Center on October 1, 2011 from 10 AM to 2 PM in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association's Feria de Salud.

"Our goal with EyeSmart EyeCheck is to raise awareness and understanding of the impact of eye disease and visual impairment, particularly among Fort Worth's minority populations who disproportionately lack access to care," said Dr. Sunil S. Patel, Texas Ophthalmological Association president.

Working together with Texas Ophthalmological Association, the Academy's EyeSmart EyeCheck is:

  • Testing a screening methodology for adults, focusing on detecting vision damage from any eye condition rather than screening for a specific eye disease. Studies suggest that this approach may be cost-effective.
  • Piloting and facilitating free screenings to help identify undiagnosed visual impairment among populations at greatest risk and with limited access to health care.
  • Providing referrals to eye care and bi-lingual eye health information both at the screenings as well as later online.

The prevalence of eye disease in the Hispanic and African-American communities is what prompted the Academy to adopt and promote a different approach to adult vision screenings.

"Traditional adult vision screenings typically screen for a specific disease like glaucoma or cataracts," said David W. Parke II, MD, CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "To get the greatest benefit from a screening, it makes sense to screen broadly for functional impairment in a sequential process of elimination. This allows us to screen more individuals in a given time period, much like triage in an ER, where more serious cases are quickly referred on for care."

The Academy's EyeSmart EyeCheck program will be working with the Hoskins Center, EyeCare America and local health departments and community clinics to provide sources for care once visual impairment is detected. EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, offers eye care services often at no out-of-pocket cost to qualifying patients. Eligible patients are referred to one of nearly 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists across the country. In addition, EyeSmart EyeCheck will work with local hospitals, community clinics and health departments to steer patients to treatment.

Learn more about the EyeSmart EyeCheck program.

Pop needs to be configured.