On January 13, 2017 Dr. Nicole Lemanski and practice administrator Brian Lemanski joined forces with the Albany Medical College’s student chapter of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) to run an ophthalmology screening clinic. The clinic, held at the Mosque, Masjid as-Salaam, in Albany, NY sought to examine the status of ocular health in the community while also serving to teach the next generation of medical students. At the clinic, the medical students tested visual acuity, measured eye pressure, tested participants with Amsler grids, performed blood pressure screenings and learned the signs and symptoms of common eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts.  The students further provided education to the community through discussion and posters on preventative eye exams and general eye health.

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Dr. Nicole Lemanski with AMC IMANA students at Masjid as-Salaam, in Albany, NY

“Community outreach is critical to assess the status of a population’s ocular health,” states Dr. Mabel Cheng, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Albany Medical College and Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) advisor. “Frequently we find that there are areas of the population that do not have access to a doctor, especially when those individuals do not speak English or can not read. Such situations may intimidate individuals to seek medical care, thereby exacerbating preventative conditions.”

 

–Posted by the staff at Mabel MP Cheng MD, PLLC