Multiple Sclerosis Screening for National MS Awareness Month
Optic neuritis may not be a condition commonly known to everyone, but for the 2.3 million Americans living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), they are very aware of the eye disease. That is why MS Society is partnering with Vold Vision Eye Care to offer free eye screenings during National MS Awareness Month in March.
Optic neuritis occurs when the optic nerve which connects the eye to the brain gets inflamed. It is estimated that almost half of people with MS will have the condition at least once.
“Symptoms of optic neuritis usually come on suddenly,” said Dr. Emma Hendricks, optometrist at Vold Vision. It’s associated with different symptoms such as: blindness in one eye for a short time, especially during an MS flare; pain with eye movement; blurred vision and a graying of the vision.”
Channing Barker who was diagnosed with MS at the age of 16 and is serving as the Event Chair for “A Vintage Affair” on April 5th, hopes the free screenings will help connect the MS community to a supportive provider network. “MS is a unpredictable disease,” Barker shared. “When you find yourself with your vision dissipating quickly, you need someone you can turn to, and someone you feel comfortable with. We are very thankful the Vold team will be assisting people with MS through this service. ”
Another symptom of MS can be double vision for patients and rapid eye movement among other visual disturbances. “It’s important for those with MS to establish with an optometrist for annual exams,” Hendricks shared. “Especially when they are experiencing a flare up, it is calming to already have that patient/doctor relationship established, that is what this event is for us, a chance to connect and give back to the community.”
Vold Vision will be offering screenings in their two Fayetteville locations and Springdale location throughout the month of March. To schedule your FREE screening, call 479-435-6464. The screening should last only 15 minutes, and each patient will visit one-on-one with the doctor.
The NWA MS Society Chapter is hosting “A Vintage Affair for MS” on April 5th, 2019. You can find more information https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/ARR/Fundraising-Events/A-Vintage-Affair-NWA
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