Tower ‘Street Medicine’ Clinic Adds Eye Services

WEST READING PA – A mobile eye clinic that offers eye exams and follow-up care, including providing glasses or corrective surgeries, has been added to the “Street Medicine” program being developed by the Tower Health Medical Group, the regional health care system reported Monday (Dec. 6, 2021).

The new service officially got under way during September. During its first two eye screenings, according to the clinic, six patients were evaluated. Of them, two individuals were diagnosed with potentially vision-threatening glaucoma, and medical treatment has been initiated.

The screening exam is not a substitute for a formal eye exam. It may include, however, a discussion with patients of personal and family health history, warning signs associated with eye health, color blindness screening, field of vision screening, glaucoma screening, a check of the retinas, or visual acuity changes.

“This is a program we’ve wanted to implement for some time,” Tower Health internal medicine physician Dr. Eugene York said. He founded the Street Medicine program, and is a clinical associate professor at Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health. “We want to provide this important service to our patients so others don’t needlessly suffer from vision problems.”

The three most common causes of blindness in the United States are glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and macular degeneration. The clinic receives funding from the Reading Hospital Foundation, and in part relies on medical students who attend the college to perform screenings.

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