Free eye screenings to be offered for people with diabetes

April 30, 2014

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – An ophthalmologist will conduct free eye screenings for people with diabetes at Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Family Health Center, 123 How Lane, New Brunswick, on Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Known as Project B.E.S.T. (Better Eye-Health Services and Treatment), the program will be hosted by Saint Peter’s University Hospital and is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, New Jersey Commission for theBlind and Visually Impaired, and the New Jersey Department of Health.  The eye screening is for the benefit of individuals with diabetes who do not receive regular eye care due to inadequate or lack of health insurance coverage.

Saint Peter’s medical residents will also conduct foot examinations and blood pressure screenings. Visitors will receive test results during their visit as well as medical counseling and referrals, if necessary. Those who need corrective eye glasses will be referred to appropriate resources. Regular eye, blood pressure, foot and kidney checkups can prevent vision loss, amputation and kidney failure in diabetics.

Healthy refreshments will be served.
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness and can lead to serious feet problems. It can also cause high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and other medical complications.
The program is free but preregistration is required. Please call Saint Peter’s at 732-745-8600, Ext. 6392 or 6394, to preregister or for more information. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Eye drops used during the exam cause temporary blurring of vision, so participants should come with a driver. English/Spanish-speaking staff will be there to help interpret.

About Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services and ambulatory care.

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a regional medical campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Saint Peter’s also sponsors residency programs in radiology and orthopedic surgery.

The hospital, part of the Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, is recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is recognized by the American Diabetes Association in all areas of diabetes education, and is a Clinical Research Affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Saint Peter’s is located at 254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For more information about Saint Peter’s, please visit or call 732-745-8600.

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