February 27, 2009
COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE PROVIDES VISION SCREENINGS
COLUMBIA, Tenn. — In recognition of January being National Glaucoma Awareness Month, Paula Streeter, community health nurse for the Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation, conducted free vision screenings in the community throughout the month.
Streeter screened 30 people at the Columbia Housing Authority, Mount Pleasant Senior Citizens Center and The People’s Table at First United Methodist Church in Columbia. Nearly half of those screened were advised to pursue follow up care.
“We saw a need to improve the underserved population’s health knowledge regarding eye care and eye diseases and inform them about the resources that are available in the community,” said Streeter.
Eddie Baker, volunteer at The People’s Table, said, “The participants at The People’s Table were very enthusiastic about the service Paula provided. Thanks to her and the Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation, they received screenings they wouldn’t have otherwise.”
The screenings featured a distance acuity chart and questions regarding one’s eye health, including history of diabetes, glaucoma, and cataracts. Streeter also presented information, specifically on glaucoma, an eye disease that causes loss of sight by damaging the optic nerve. More than 2.2 million Americans age 40 and older have open angle glaucoma, the most common form of glaucoma. At least half do not know they have it.
The Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation was established in October 2006. Financial support received through the Foundation is used for projects including community health initiatives, education scholarships, and other health-related projects. The Foundation is designated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible. Gifts may be made in honor or in memory of an individual and may be donated to one of several funds. For more information about the Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation and giving opportunities, please call 931.380.4075.