To the editor:
Glaucoma van was a huge success even though we did not meet the 50 people to be screened, we are pleased with the results of our efforts.
Twenty-three Greater Pine Island residents did respond and participated in the screening. Thirteen of those screened were referred to their ophthalmologist for further help; three were OK; seven had glaucoma and four knew they had glaucoma and wanted to check their eyes and three were identified as having glaucoma that did not suspect they did.
Thank you everyone for taking advantage of this free service. The van was provided by Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation. It came completely furnished with equipment to do the exams and the driver who is also trained to operate all of the machines. Also thanks to Winn-Dixie for providing the space for the van to park. It was a great location and the van was well marked. Thanks also to the Greater Pine Island members who volunteered their time to assist with this screening and Lion Pat Favero, sight preservation, awareness and action chair from Punta Gorda Lions Club who came to assist. Lion Betsy Hasemeyer provided the brochures that were placed in many Greater Pine Island businesses.
If we have the chance to host this van another time, we will and we hope more people will take advantage of this free service.
You too can be a Lion.
Mary Von Burg
Greater Pine Island Lions president