Fair offers eye exams to low-income uninsured

Published: Saturday, May. 4, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 5, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Low-income Sacramento residents can obtain free comprehensive eye exams and glasses during a Community Health and Wellness Fair on Sunday at California State University, Sacramento.

VSP Vision Care is teaming up with the student-run Hmong Health Alliance to provide the services aboard a 45-foot-long mobile eye care clinic.

Gift certificates redeemable for free eye exams and glasses may be distributed to those who can't be seen at the event, which is open to the public on a walk-in basis.

The vision services and certificates are available for people who do not have vision insurance – including Medi-Cal or Medicare coverage – and who meet certain income criteria.

The Hmong Health Alliance is a student organization at CSUS that aims to improve health through prevention and early awareness.

The health fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Union Redwood Room at the campus, 6000 J St.

Eye exams are important not only for ocular health but because they can also be a way to detect conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Call The Bee's Cynthia H. Craft, (916) 321-1270. Follow her on Twitter @cynthiahcraft.

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