GHS Eye Institute discusses common eye conditions over lunch

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (February 1, 2017)—Dry eye, cataracts and glaucoma are topics that a Greenville Health System Eye Institute ophthalmologist will discuss during lunches at the Spartanburg Marriot over the next few months.

The conditions are some of the most common eye issues that impact people as they become older. Dr. Alan Leahey’s first lunch-and-learn, “Detect and Prevent Dry Eye,” will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8 from noon to 1 p.m. Free dry eye screenings will be offered before and after lunch.

“We look forward to explaining these conditions while discussing advances used to diagnose and treat patients,” said Leahey, GHS’ chief of ophthalmology. “Many people might have simply received eye drops in the past to reduce the irritation associated with dry eye, but we can do more today, including tests that can measure the evaporation of tears.”

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, dry eye impacts 3.2 million women age 50 and older and 1.68 million men age 50 and older in the United States. It’s a chronic condition that often involves burning, irritation, redness, fluctuating vision, eye fatigue and tearing. If dry eye is not treated, it can lead to corneal scarring.

Upcoming lunch discussions with Leahey include:

  • “The Facts on Cataracts,” March 8 from noon to 1 p.m.
  • “Understanding Glaucoma,” April 5 from noon to 1 p.m.

All of the lunches will be held at the Spartanburg Marriott, 299 N. Church St. The events are free and people can register by visiting or calling 1-877-GHS-INFO (447-4636).

GHS Eye Institute has an office at 333 S. Pine St. in Spartanburg.

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Greenville Health System (GHS) — an academic health system that is the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in South Carolina — is committed to medical excellence through research, patient care and education. GHS offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services throughout the Upstate.

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