The Lions Center for Sight at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital averages 6,200 patient visits a year; half the patient base qualifies for assistance through the Sentara Charity Care program or public assistance.

The donation of a Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer by Carl Zeiss MediTech, worth $22,000, replaces an outdated machine that needed repairs. The device helps in the diagnosis of glaucoma, determining field of vision after strokes and the effects of brain tumors on optic nerves. It also helps diagnose "ptosis," or droopy eyelids that can be surgically corrected.

The device was donated jointly by the Lions Charity Foundation of Eastern Virginia and the Lions Medical Eye Bank and Research Center of Eastern Virginia. The latter, which is adjacent to the sight center, manages corneal tissue donations for transplant at hospitals throughout the region.

 

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