Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind’s Mobile Eye Care van is on the road and providing vision care services to under-served communities in the Washington, DC region.
The Mobile Eye Care Unit has state of the art technology to conduct routine eye screenings, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma screenings, extensive low vision assessments, process eyeglass prescriptions, and demonstrate low vision aids such as high-powered portable magnifiers. Diabetic Retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working age adults. According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2005-2008, 4.2 million (28.5%) people with diabetes aged 40 years or older had diabetic retinopathy, and of these, almost 0.7 million (4.4% of those with diabetes) had advanced diabetic retinopathy that could lead to severe vision loss.
“The Mobile Eye Care van will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the Greater Washington, DC Region, particularly for persons who are unaware that they have Diabetic Retinopathy or other eye diseases. CLB will provide people with vision services designed to help them remain independent.” says Anthony J. Cancelosi, K.M., President and CEO.
Did you know that one in three people over 65 in the United States are in danger of losing their sight? It is more important than ever to make sure that eye screenings are available to all because many of these cases are preventable!