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Free Eye Exams at 2012 Bay Area Black Expo

"For children, diagnosis of eye issues at a young age improves their opportunities for success. For adults, early detection of glaucoma may save sight."

Prevent Blindness Northern California and Glaucoma Research Foundation will partner to provide free community vision screenings.

Oakland, CA — The Bay Area Black Expo will focus on uplifting and empowering the African-American community in the areas of health, education, business, and personal development on Sept. 8, 2012 at the Oakland Convention Center.

Black Expo will partner with two non-profit organizations whose main focus is eye health and safety: Prevent Blindness Northern California (PBNC), an organization that provides services to prevent vision impairment, and Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF), a national organization dedicated to finding a cure for glaucoma.

According to GRF, glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness among African Americans and people of African descent, second only to cataracts.

Glaucoma Research Foundation and Prevent Blindness Northern California will provide free vision and glaucoma screenings on the first day of the two-day Bay Area Black Expo -- from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2012 -- at the Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th Street, downtown Oakland, California.

"Eye screening is the first step to protecting eye health or starting on the path to eye health improvement,” said Bill Stewart, Glaucoma Research Foundation board member. “For children, diagnosis of eye issues at a young age improves their opportunities for success as they enter school. For adults, early detection, especially of glaucoma, may save sight. We are strongly committed to these objectives.”

The 2012 Black Expo will showcase and celebrate the San Francisco Bay Area’s diverse community with entrepreneur workshops, healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, “Inside the Artist Studio” interviews, and more. The Expo includes art & craft, retail, social, corporate, and health care vendors and exhibitors. Admittance is $10.00 for general admission, and $5.00 for children, students with ID, and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online.

Last reviewed on October 26, 2012

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