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The Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation, Inc. (FCGCF) is dedicated to supporting the activities of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus, a group of United States Congress members who are dedicated to helping all Americans fight the scourge of glaucoma and other eye diseases. FCGCF provides diagnostic screenings opportunities for high risk glaucoma population groups in their home districts across the nation.

In support of the 81 members and former members of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus, FCGCF arranges and provides screenings for glaucoma and other eye diseases throughout the United States at no cost to screening participants. From April 2001 to October 2006 we have screened approximately 115,000 individuals and have held over 5000 screenings nationwide. Of those screened, approximately 29% were referred for further vision related medical treatment, and of those referred, 14% displayed signs consistent with glaucoma. It is well known that for the vast majority of individuals with glaucoma, the chances of preserving their sight is significantly improved if diagnosed and treated early enough.

FCGCF targets groups of people at high risk of developing glaucoma or other eye disease, such as African Americans and Hispanics over the age of 40. We also target geographic areas, where adequate eye care is unavailable. FCGCF utilizes mobile facilities, complete with the most up-to-date screening equipment, so that we can travel to high risk areas.

Because of the high incidence of glaucoma among persons with diabetes and hypertension, screenings include testing for glucose and blood pressure when possible.

 

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