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Free glaucoma tests offered
2010-03-08

The Department of Ophthalmology in the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Faculty of Heath Sciences offers free glaucoma testing from 7-13 March 2010 as part of the National Glaucoma Week. The tests will be done daily from 09:00 until 15:00 at the Eye Clinic at the National Hospital.

People older than 40, who haven’t been tested for glaucoma before and who are not receiving treatment for it, are welcome to get the tests done.

Glaucoma is a progressive illness that can cause permanent damage to a person’s sight. The illness has no warning signs and is normally only diagnosed in an advanced stage. At least 50% of people in developed countries and 90% in undeveloped countries are not aware of the fact that they have glaucoma.

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