For one day only, Iowa Lions Mobile Glaucoma and Diabetes Screening Unit will be in Storm Lake.
The service will be available to the public Wednesday, October 23, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to screen interested persons for glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the United States.
The screening is sponsored by the Iowa Lions Foundation and the Iowa Optometric Association. Local optometrists support the program, and at their option will participated in screenings either locally, or outside of their trade area. The mobile unit will operate from 9 - 12 noon and 1- 5 p.m. on October 23.
Examinations will be free, although donations will be accepted. Testing requires only a few minutes. While walk-ins are welcome if the schedule is not filled, those with appointments will have first priority. Please call Millard Dubes at 732-4120 or Paula Olson at 732-4176 for an appointment. Everyone should take all normal medications.
Glaucoma occurs in people of all ages, from children to older adults. However, it is more likely to develop in people who are over 35 years old, very nearsighted, or diabetic. The tendency to develop glaucoma may be inherited, since relatives of glaucoma patients are more likely to develop glaucoma themselves. Persons with glaucoma suffer from abnormally high inner eye pressure which persists over a period of time and damage progresses slowly as the eye's drainage canals gradually become clogged. About 2.5 million Americans have open-angle glaucoma, the most common form. Most people who have open-angle glaucoma feel fine and have 20/20 vision. There is no early warning symptoms for open-angle glaucoma, which is shy this common form is often called the "sneak thief of sight."
Persons who visit the glaucoma testing unit at the Hy-Vee Parking lot will be screened to detect an increased inner eye pressure which may indicated the presence of glaucoma. Such examinations are made with an instrument called a tonometer which measures the pressure of the eye. The eyes will not be dilated, and this is not the air puff type of test. If you wear contacts, bring your contact case or wear your glasses. You will not be able to wear your contact for 30 minutes to two hours after the test.
Diabetes screening will also be done to those wishing it. A blood sample will be taken from the finger and the result given before the person leaves the mobile. Individuals to be screened for diabetes need not fast, however, they should not eat or drink anything except water for at least one hour, and should not eat or drink anything sweet for at least two hours, before taking this test. Blood pressures will also be taken, so please wear appropriate clothing.
The Lions will also be collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids for the needy.
Funds for the purchase of the mobile unit were provided by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa Foundation, along with a generous discount by Winnebago Industries.