Background on eye exam story

January 16, 2008 8:09:52 PM PST
Background on eye exam story


Andrew Iwach, M.D.
Glaucoma Center of San Francisco
55 Stevenson Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

EyeCare America, the public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is offering free Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) exams for seniors. Two ophthalmologists in the SF area have agreed to speak with the media about this program. Interested viewers can call toll-free 1-866-324-EYES (3937) to be paired with an ophthalmologist near their speak with one of the area doctors.

There are over seven thousand volunteer ophthalmogists nationwide and more than 1000 volunteer ophthalmologists in the bay area providing free screening.

The AMD EyeCare Program is designed for people who have not been diagnosed with Macular Degeneration and meet the following criteria:

Are age 65 and older
Are US citizens or legal residents Have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years
Do not belong to an HMO or the VA

People can call the toll-free helpline at 1-866-324-3937 anytime, for themselves and/or family members and friends to see if they qualify for a free eye exam and care from one of EyeCare America's ophthalmologists nationwide. Callers who have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years may be eligible to receive a comprehensive medical eye exam and, in most cases, up to one year of care at no out-of-pocket cost for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam.

There are other ophthalmologists in the SF area who are volunteers with this program who have not agreed to go on camera. I'm checking to see how many are available in the Bay area. When people call the toll-free number they will be paired with a doctor convenient to their home.

Ophthalmologist Andrew Iwach, M.D. has been volunteering with Eye Care America since he began his practice over 15 years ago. Yet, he says, many seniors are unaware of this free health exam.