Join Senator Addabbo for an eye-opening event on vision health in Glendale

Senator Joseph Addabbo
Photo courtesy of the Office of Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., will bring awareness of vision and eye health to Glendale on Thursday, May 16, with an interactive information session from the National Eye Institute.

National Eye Institute experts will distribute virtual reality viewers to allow participants to experience what it’s like to live with common eye diseases from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Brewery Keenan Heiser American Legion Post 1815, located at 6801 Cooper Avenue in Glendale.

Addabbo continues to partner with agencies to provide hands-on information sessions for constituents. Last month, the senator held a distracted driving awareness event that also utilized mixed-reality experiences.

He encourages residents to take advantage of the event and learn more about their eye health.

“Your eyes are invaluable, and caring for them is a responsibility we owe to ourselves and our future generations,” Addabbo said.

The National Eye Institute estimates that 16.4 million Americans have trouble seeing due to myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness), which can be addressed with glasses, contacts, or surgery.

Additionally, the event aims to help residents learn more about eye conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy.

An ophthalmological expert in eye diseases from Jamaica Hospital will also be in attendance to speak about eye care and treatment, Addabbo’s office says. 3-D models of the eye will also be brought to further educate attendees about eye anatomy.

Residents interested in attending the free event and seeking further information are encouraged to contact Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.