Did you know that Diabetic Retinopathy is the #1 cause of blindness in America, and it is largely preventable?
At CrossOver, we are working hard to prevent blindness in our patients. In 2017, CrossOver treated more than 750 patients for diabetes. Currently, approximately 60% of our diabetic patients receive a dilated eye exam
to screen for diabetic retinopathy, but that also means more than
40% of our diabetic patients did not.
That one simple test can prevent blindness.
The Free Clinic Vision project, a partnership with the Medarva Foundation, now serves patients at the two CrossOver clinics as well as patients from seven other safety net providers in the Richmond area. The vision clinic is treating patients like Edward.
Edward is a diabetic who had not had his vision tested in over ten years. At his first vision appointment at CrossOver, he was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy in both eyes. While under the care of our eye team he lost vision in his right eye. With CrossOver’s help, Edward has now seen additional eye care specialists and is awaiting surgery. We are hopeful that he will regain sight in his eye.
We need your help to provide even more eye exams for patients like Edward. Your support today will help people see a brighter future tomorrow.