A free eye examine for school students is planned Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Houston Elementary School gym.

The Missouri Department of Social Services will sponsor a free eye screening clinic along with the Texas County Health Department Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Cabool Second Baptist Church at 13475 Industrial Park Dr. in Cabool. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The examinations will be conducted by the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics’ Department of Ophthalmology of Columbia, with assistance from the Missouri Department of Social Services Prevention of Blindness Unit. Persons attending will be screened for such visual disorders as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, as well as malformations or malfunctions of the eye, such as strabismus (crossed-eyes) and other vision problems.

Those attending who are diagnosed as having a visual problem requiring specific treatment and further examination will be referred to local eye care specialists for follow-up. Individuals who meet Prevention of Blindness (POB) Program eligibility guidelines will be assisted by POB program staff with necessary eye care services.

Interested persons are advised to call early to schedule an appointment, because the eye clinic will be cancelled if there is not enough community interest. To schedule appointments for the free eye screenings before the clinic date, call the Texas County Health Department at 417-967-4131.

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