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<p>The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology will celebrate 100 years of patient care with a free Healthy Eyes open house from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 5, at the Indiana Historical Society.</p>

Free Healthy Eyes Event Offers Free Screenings, Info on Eye Diseases As Kick-off to Indiana University Ophthalmology Centennial Observation

From 9 a.m. to noon, Hoosiers can receive a free vision screening from Prevent Blindness Indiana. Doctors from the IU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology will be available for visitors to “Ask an Eye M.D.” questions about vision concerns.

During the morning event, visitors also can receive free health information from the American Diabetes Association, Indiana Chapter; Indiana State Department of Health; Marion County Health Department; ECCO (Eye Care Community Outreach) Program, and the Indiana Lions Eye and Tissue Transplant Bank.

Several doctors from the Department of Ophthalmology will give free presentations on eye diseases that affect Indiana’s aging population. The presentations will give attendees the opportunity to learn about common – but serious – eye diseases and the financial and social impact they present.

The presentations will take place between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and are free but registration (8 a.m. to 9 a.m.) is requested. The presentations are:

  • Functional and Financial Impact of Vision Loss – Hugh Parry, President and CEO, Prevent Blindness America
  • Glaucoma – Louis B. Cantor, M.D.
  • Macular Degeneration – Hua Gao, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy – M. Ovais Peracha, M.D.
  • Healthy Body – Healthy Eyes – Shailaja Valluri, M.D.
  • Epidemiology of Eye Disease – Robert D. Yee, M.D.
  • Cataract – Chi-Wah (Rudy) Young, M.D.

“It’s very important that we take care of our eyes and participate in healthy habits to ensure a lifetime of vision health,” said Robert Yee, M.D., chairman of the IU Department of Ophthalmology. “This event allows us to provide free information to the public as we observe 100 years of patient care and education in Indiana.”

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