Baltimore Celebrates World Glaucoma Day On Saturday, March 13

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Free glaucoma screenings and education open to the public

World Glaucoma Day is an international effort wherein events occur each year on the same day across the globe. Baltimore will honor World Glaucoma Day on Saturday, March 13 from 9:00 AM to noon at Good Samaritan Hospital's main lobby at 5601 Loch Raven Blvd. No RSVP is required and there is no cost for admission. Citizens without medical insurance who are found to be in need of further glaucoma treatment will be referred to available resources.

Baltimore's World Glaucoma Day will feature volunteer doctors, technicians and patients who will offer free screenings to the public. A screening is painless and takes only a few minutes. The public will also have the opportunity to interact with glaucoma patients and doctors to learn more about this blinding eye disease and how to avoid the senseless and permanent loss of eyesight.

This event is part of the ongoing collaborative effort of The Eyes Have It Program...Baltimore's visionary fight against glaucoma. The program features several volunteer sight-saving organizations which offer monthly glaucoma screenings around Baltimore. To learn more about The Eyes Have It Program, please visit http://www.fightglaucoma.org and click on Important Links.

To view a schedule of 2010 free glaucoma screenings in Baltimore, please visit http://www.fightglaucoma.org and click on Glaucoma Screenings.

About Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a set of eye diseases that affects nearly 70 million people worldwide and three million people in the United States. Glaucoma is called "The Silent Thief" as it often steals the victim's sight without any obvious warning signs. At present, sight lost to glaucoma can never be recovered. To learn more, please visit http://www.fightglaucoma.org and click on Glaucoma Information.

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