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[January 21,2009]

Free Vision Screenings at SUNY Downstate January 26:

Diagnosed Early, Glaucoma Can Be Easily Controlled

SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology in association with the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation will hold free glaucoma screenings at SUNY Downstate’s University Hospital of Brooklyn on January 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The address is 445 Lenox Road in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. No appointment is required for the free screenings, which will be held in the University Hospital lobby.

Glaucoma is the major cause of preventable blindness in the U.S. More than three million Americans have glaucoma.  Glaucoma shows no symptoms in its early stages, but the good news is that with early diagnosis and medication, glaucoma can be easily controlled.


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.
SUNY Downstate ranks eighth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.