New Jersey Department of Human Services’
Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI)
Diabetic Eye Disease Detection Program
In 1985, with funding from the New Jersey Department of Health, the Commission for Blind and Visually Impaired created the Diabetic Eye Disease Detection Program. Over the years, this program expanded from providing eye screenings at four sites to approximately 25 sites statewide.
The main objective of this program is to provide dilated retinal eye examinations for people with diabetes who would not otherwise be able to afford this care (i.e. low income individuals who are uninsured or underinsured). Programs are planned to target communities having a high percentage of low-income people who are at increased risk for diabetes and its complications. Programs are usually held at a hospital or a health center and scheduled on a Saturday. Most counties have at least one screening session scheduled each year; while counties with a large percentage of people with complications of diabetes (e.g. Hudson , Essex , Passaic , and Cumberland etc.) may have more than one session.
A team comprised of retinal specialists, technicians, nurses, social worker and volunteers conduct the program. The program includes free dilated eye examinations, blood pressure checks, as well as follow up and referral services. At many sites free foot and kidney screenings are included. All program paperwork is available in English and Spanish languages.
For further information, you can contact the program coordinator Mr. Sunil H. Parikh by calling (973) 648-7400 or (973) 648-3550 or via
Department of Health P. O. Box 360,
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360 Our Locations