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9.03.2013

Fans Take Advantage of Free Eye Exams During Vision Awareness Day at Marlins Park

To celebrate Vision Awareness Day, faculty and staff from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute offered free vision and glaucoma screenings to baseball fans who visited the Vision Van at Marlins Park. The 40-foot mobile eye clinic provides invaluable eye screenings to patients throughout South Florida and has been deployed to Louisiana and Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina and to Tokyo after the devastating tsunami and earthquakes of 2011.

Throwing out the August 3 ceremonial first pitch was Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., professor of ophthalmology and Chair of Bascom Palmer. He was joined by Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who sought care at Bascom Palmer after a fastball to the head caused vision problems in his left eye. He was evaluated by Bascom Palmer’s ophthalmology sports medicine team headed by Richard Awdeh, M.D., assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology, who found inflammation in Giancarlo’s cornea. Thanks to the accurate, prompt diagnosis and proper treatment, Giancarlo recovered – and has since knocked a few out of the ballpark.

Free annual eye exams also are offered to all UM/Aetna plan members at Bascom Palmer’s Miami location. If you have not yet scheduled your annual eye exam, call 305-243-CARE (2273), your employee-dedicated appointment line, today.

Catch the last UHealth awareness day of the baseball season at Marlins Park on Saturday, September 28, when Joseph Panoff, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology, will be on hand for Children’s Cancer Awareness Day.

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