The Missouri Department of Social Services (DDS) will sponsor a free eye screening clinic in Ozark County on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The clinic will be held at the First Christian Church Disciples, 60 Disciples Lane, Gainesville, MO from 830am to 3pm (closed from 11-12).
The examinations will be conducted by the University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics’ Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia, with assistance from the DSS Prevention of Blindness Unit. Persons attending the clinic will be screened for such visual disorders as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, as well malformations or malfunctions of the eye, such as strabismus (crossed-eye), and other vision problems. Doctors cannot write prescriptions for glasses at the clinic.
Those attending the clinic who are diagnosed as having a vision problem requiring specific treatment and further examination will be referred to local eye care specialists for follow-up. Individuals who have financial need, and meet Prevention of Blindness Program eligibility guidelines, may be assisted in paying for necessary eye care services. The Ozark County Health Department will also be hosting a fair with blood pressure checks, diabetic screenings, and more offered during the eye clinic.
Interested persons are advised to call early to schedule an appointment, because the March 23, 2017 eye clinic will be cancelled if there is not enough community interest. To schedule appointments for the free eye screenings prior to the clinic date, call the Ozark County Health Department at 417-679-3334.