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New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired Provides Important Eye Screenings to Protect Vision
TRENTON -Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Commissioner Jennifer Velez today reminded state residents of the importance of eye screenings to test for glaucoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness in adults. The National Eye Institute estimates that four million people in the United States have glaucoma. African Americans over age 40 and anyone age 60 and above are at a higher risk.“Glaucoma Awareness Month serves as a cue to us all to protect our eyesight,” said Commissioner Velez. “In 2012, the department’s Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired conducted eye screenings for nearly 40,000 people, referring more than 6,000 of them for further evaluation because they had eye conditions that required treatment.”

Glaucoma is an eye disease characterized by elevated fluid pressure in the eye, often nicknamed “the sneak thief of sight,” due to the absence of symptoms before significant damage to the optic nerve already has occurred.

“With timely diagnosis and treatment, glaucoma does not have to result in blindness,” said Vito DeSantis, Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. “Our agency works to reduce the incidence of blindness by providing eye screenings to detect glaucoma and other eye conditions in all 21 counties.”

For more information on blindness prevention eye screenings and other services provided at no cost to New Jersey residents by the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a division of the State Department of Human Services, call  toll free: 877-685-8878 or e-mail:

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