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Turning Points Opens New Free Eye Clinic

August 16th, 2017


Bradenton, FL –
Turning Points recently installed a new Eye Clinic in the Free One Stop Clinic at the Bill Galvano One Stop Center located at 701 17th Ave West in Bradenton.

The Eye Clinic now offers optometry and ophthalmology services and is another extension of the many specialty services that are offered at the One Stop Clinic. The Clinic offers primary care services to qualified Manatee County residents every weekday, along with limited on-site blood tests, and Hepatitis C treatment. These specialty services are also being offered: Audiology, Cardiology, Dermatology, ENT, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Nephrology, Pharmacy, Podiatry, and Pulmonology.

A complete and thorough eye examination will be offered to One Stop Clinic primary care patients who fail the general eye exam during their primary care visit.  The Eye Clinic examination will include and facilitate testing for cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases (from diabetes or other causes), treating minor eye injuries, writing prescriptions for new glasses, evaluations for systemic diseases, prescribing medications and referring patients for special tests, surgeries and laser treatments. Photos of the retina and optic nerves can be taken when appropriate. Prescriptions for glasses can be filled at the Eye Center through the Eye Center Inc Vision Foundation.

“The goal of the Eye Clinic is to prevent blindness amongst our patients, and to restore vision”, reports Dr. Linda Christmann, MD. The installation of the Eye Clinic was spearheaded by Dr. Christmann with major funding granted by the Mary Parker Foundation along with Dr. Mackie and the Eye Center Inc Vision Foundation with equipment donated by The Eye Associates. Collaborations and partnerships include Dr. Allarakhia, the Eye Center, The Eye Associates, Blessings International and AmeriCares.

The volunteer optometrists and ophthalmologists have already started treating and referring patients for cataracts, glaucoma, blindness, and vision issues pertaining to Diabetes.  The volunteers include Dr. Christmann, Dr. Caravella, and Dr. Barja. However, more volunteer optometrists, ophthalmologists and assistants are needed. Funding is also needed for ongoing purchases of supplies. The whole team of staff and volunteers at Turning Points are proud to now offer this service to the community.

About Turning Points

Turning Points and our Bill Galvano One Stop Center partners provide a remarkable variety of services designed to assist individuals and families on their path to financial stability and independence. Turning Points is the one stop shop for preventing and ending homelessness in our community. We provide day resource services (such as hot showers, laundry services, clothing, food), employment services, rental and utility assistance, veteran’s services (employment, housing and childcare), and free medical and dental care for the uninsured and underinsured.  10,827 people received help last year with critical services targeted to the essential needs of people in crisis.  Turning Points can only provide this high standard of service because of our caring, compassionate volunteers and strong community support.

For more information, contact Margi Dawson at mdawson@tpmanatee.org or  visit http://tpmanatee.org/