Alabama clinics offer free vision screening for rural areas

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A program meant to prevent vision loss among some of Alabama’s most vulnerable residents will provide free vision screening and testing in rural communities.

Studies have shown that poor, Black and Hispanic people are disproportionately at risk for problems that can cause blindness. And many people delay getting eye exams in rural areas. Screening results gathered at rural clinics are sent electronically to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who review them for any problems.

UAB says the program already has treated more than 100 people at clinics in Maplesville and Marion. It will expand to include a clinic in Centreville in June.

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