Jul 212014

The Arizona Medical Eye Unit from the Lions Vision Center, Inc., will be providing ophthalmologic eye exams for the benefit of residents of Winslow, Holbrook and the surrounding communities. On Monday, Aug. 4, the unit will be at the Navajo County Public Health Services District office at 117 E. Buffalo St. in Holbrook and on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the health services district office at 619 E. Third St. in Winslow. Examinations are by appointment only.

Each patient is examined for eye diseases including glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Prescriptions for glasses can be given, if necessary. No prescriptions for contacts are provided. The charge for an exam is $40 cash, per patient, which covers all of the eye unit’s operational expenses. Only 20 to 30 patients can be examined each day, so those who suspect they may have medical eye problems are urged to make an appointment as soon as possible.

The completely equipped $150,000 Arizona Medical Eye Unit was donated to the Lions Vision Center, Inc. by the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs of Arizona, and is sponsored by the Arizona Ophthalmological Society.

Canyon Ranch Health Resorts donated the Ford F-350 truck used to transport the eye unit. Members of the Arizona Ophthalmological Society, Arizona Lions Clubs, the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs of Arizona unite with other agencies and organizations to bring medical eye services to rural areas of Arizona where ophthalmological care is not readily available. Arizona ophthalmologists in private practice volunteer their time on the eye unit and receive no remunerations.

The eye unit has been in operation since January 1976. It travels approximately 13,000 miles per year to serve thousands of patients in rural Arizona.

Sponsors in Holbrook are the Navajo County Public Health Services District and the Holbrook Lions Club. Navajo County Public Health Services District is the Winslow sponsor.

For an appointment in Winslow call (928) 289-6830. In Holbrook, call (928) 524-4750.