Menendez Introduces Bill To Provide Glaucoma Screening And Awareness

Menendez Introduces Bill To Provide Glaucoma Screening And Awareness

Washington - United States Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) recently introduced the Glaucoma Screening Act to establish a grant program that provides screenings for glaucoma to individuals determined to be at high risk for Glaucoma and for other initiatives.

"Knowing that early detection and treatment of Glaucoma means that we can reduce the progression of the disease by 50 percent, this bill is a good investment," said Sen. Menendez. "I will work with my colleagues in Congress toward making this law."

It is estimated that only half of the more than 3,000,000 individuals in the United States that have glaucoma are aware that they have the disease. In addition, recent studies show that less than 45 percent of Medicare diabetics, a group considered to be at high risk for Glaucoma have had an eye exam. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among African-Americans and Hispanics. In response, the bill directs the secretary to include coverage of Glaucoma screenings under Medicare for Hispanics.

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