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by Abigail Van Buren

Group Offers Eye Exams for Seniors in Need

DEAR READERS: Medical eye exams can catch early signs of disease before vision is lost. In addition, many diseases -- from high blood pressure and diabetes to some cancers -- can be diagnosed early through a medical eye exam.

For seniors who haven't had an exam in three or more years, the American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeCare America program may be able to help. Since 1985, EyeCare America has helped almost 2 million people. More than 90 percent of the eye care provided by nearly 6,000 volunteer ophthalmologists is at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient.

This service is offered year-round. To find out if you or your loved ones qualify for this program, visit

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