Free eye screenings were available at the Jefferson Comprehensive Care Center Thursday courtesy of the Vision Vitals Foundation and the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation.

Free eye screenings were available at the Jefferson Comprehensive Care Center Thursday courtesy of the Vision Vitals Foundation and the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation.

The national organization was in town as part of its January Glaucoma Awareness Tour of Arkansas.

“They offered screenings for eye diseases in general and particularly glaucoma,” said JCCC director Dr. Manuel Kelley. “We are one of 15 stops they are making throughout the state of Arkansas this month.”

Screening Technician Alisandra Karimullah was pleased with the turnout in Pine Bluff.

“We had a wonderful time in Pine Bluff,” Karimullah said. “We had 46 people take advanatage of the free screenings.”

Karimullah said that this was the Foundation’s first time conducting the screenings in Arkansas.

“We have hit a few bumps in the road in trying to get the word out that we were in town in some places,” Karimullah said.

Karimullah said that the foundation is able to conduct the free eye screenings thanks to funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

“We have three mobile units that travel the country,” Karimullah said. “There is a fourth unit that conducts screenings in Washington, D.C.”

Karimullah said that her group is traveling to federally funded medical clinics throughout the state.

The tour through Arkansas began on Jan. 6 in West Memphis and ends on Jan. 24 in Eudora.