Houghtaling and Downey to Host Free Eye Screenings

In a continuation of their Senior Summer Series, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey will host a Free Eye Screening Clinic in August.

The screening will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Freehold Township Senior Center, located at 116 Jackson Mills Road.

“The health and wellbeing of our residents are among our top priorities as legislators,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “We are proud to bring this vital service to our residents here in Monmouth County at absolutely no cost to them. We hope everyone takes advantage of this incredible opportunity.”

“Far too often, New Jerseyans forego routine screenings, such as eye exams, due to the high costs of medical care,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey. “We believe that cost should not stand in the way of basic medical care. We are grateful to be in a position to provide our residents with free eye screenings and we will continue to work to promote health and wellness here in District 11.”

At the clinic, residents will be screened by professionals from the Department of Human Services Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Residents interested in attending the Free Eye Screening Clinic are asked to RSVP by August 14 by calling the Assembly Members’ Ocean Township office at 732-695-3371.

The Free Eye Screenings are the fourth event in the Assembly Members’ Senior Summer Series. Previously, the Assembly Members hosted a discussion on diabetes with local Pharmacist Ritesh Shah and a roundtable focused on memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Most recently, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey assisted over 80 local veterans during a Veterans Claims Clinic hosted Saturday, July 14 at Monmouth University.

The Veterans Claims Clinic connected dozens of veterans, service members, and their dependents with experts from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“New Jersey’s veterans are heroes,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “As members of the General Assembly, it is our duty to ensure our veterans have the resources and information they need to fully utilize their benefits and ensure they are well taken care of.”

“We were honored to have the opportunity to assist so many local veterans through this informative clinic,” said Assemblywoman Downey. “These veterans had the opportunity to communicate directly with knowledgeable staff from the Department of Veterans Affairs and walked away with valuable information that they may not have received otherwise. We are extremely grateful to our veterans for their service; this was the least we could do.”

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