Free eye screenings to be offered for people with diabetes

April 30, 2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Saint Peter’s University Hospital will conduct free eye, blood pressure and foot screenings for people with diabetes at the Family Health Center, 123 How Lane, New Brunswick, on Saturday, May 16, 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 N.J. Department of Human Services Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the N.J. 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 732-339-7672 or 732-745-6642 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 available to interpret for Spanish-speaking-only clients.

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 major clinical affiliate with Rutgers University Biomedical and Health Sciences.  Saint Peter’s also sponsors residency programs in radiology and orthopedic surgery. Visit for more information.

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