Qualified Individuals are Eligible to Receive Free Eye Care, Says Cox
4/27/2007
Pennsylvania’s seniors could qualify for medical eye care with no out-of-pocket cost, Rep. Jim Cox (R- Berks) said today.
 
EyeCare America (ECA), a public service program founded by the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 1985, is observing its 22nd anniversary of providing free medical eye care to seniors throughout the country.
 
The mission of ECA is to reduce preventable blindness and serious visual impairment by raising consciousness about eye disease and health care options. By distributing informational materials and serving as a resource for high risk individuals EyeCare America has helped countless people get medical attention for diseases that cost the U.S. Government upwards of $4 billion annually. In Pennsylvania alone, ECA has helped more than 27,820 people.
 
Eye Care America offers multiple eye care programs for which individuals may qualify. Those who call will be asked several questions in order to decide which program best suits their individual needs. Some seniors, those who have not seen an ophthalmologist in three years or longer, are eligible to receive a referral for an office visit at no cost to them.
 
Age related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma are all treatable conditions in their early stages, yet remain leading causes of disabilities. AMD is the leading cause of legal blindness in people 65 years or older in the United States and affects more that 10 million Americans according to the National Eye Institute.
 
For more information, visit my Web site at www.repjimcox.com
 
Rep. Jim Cox
129th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(610) 670-0139
(717) 772-2435
Contact: Joe Pistorio
jpistori@pahousegop.com
(717) 787-2932
Member Site: RepJimCox.com
Caucus Site: PAHouseGOP.com 
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April 27, 2007