So why am I telling you this?
Last year we prayed for Deborah Smith of Georgia, as she battled Ocular Melanoma (OM). Deborah passed away on June 24th, 2020. She encouraged everyone to become aware of this disease that affects over 2,000 adults in the U.S. every year. The American Optometric Association recommends that people ages 61 and over visit an eye doctor annually regardless of other risk factors. Most optical health plans allow you to see an optometrist annually. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that, if you have no risk factors, you get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40 — when early signs of disease and changes in vision start to occur. (http://www.ocularmelanoma.org)
So back to why I’m telling your OM Awareness Month which is in May, right now? Here’s why:
- Deborah wanted us to be educated.
- Deborah wanted us to be screened.
- To remind you of OM Awareness Month in May.
- To give you time to order your OM Awareness Eye Patch.
- So you can help spread the word about this disease.
I’ll remind you several times between now and May, stay tuned.