McFarland Eye Care, 3805 W. 28th Ave., will offer free glaucoma screenings to the general public Thursday, Jan. 30.


Anyone interested in this service should call 870-536-4100 to schedule an appointment for the free screening, according to a news release.


“In conjunction with National Glaucoma Awareness month, these screenings will provide a quick way for any person to learn if they have signs of glaucoma which indicate the need for additional medical attention,” according to the release.


According the release, glaucoma affects more than four million Americans and is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. It is the leading cause of preventable blindness. More than 35,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.


“There are no early warning signs. Once vision problems begin, the damage cannot be corrected,” Dr. Evan Newbolt said in the release. “Glaucoma is not curable, but it can be managed if caught in time. That’s why early detection is so critical.”


Glaucoma can occur to any person, at any age, however, certain groups are at higher risk for this disease including: African Americans, people with a family history of glaucoma, those with diabetes and people over the age of 60.


“We have patients who walk in every week and don’t realize their vision is steadily being compromised by glaucoma,” Newbolt said. “We hope that our free screenings will increase awareness so that these people can be diagnosed and receive the treatment they need - before precious vision is lost.”


The McFarland Eye Care medical team is led by eight doctors who serve patients at clinics located at Pine Bluff, Hot Springs, Little Rock and Bryant. Details: McFarlandEye.com or 870-536-4100.