As part of its focus on preventive health care, Sam's Club this weekend plans to offer free vision screenings.

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Sam's Club plans free eye health screenings

August 9th, 2011

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – As part of its focus on preventive health care, Sam's Club this weekend plans to offer free vision screenings.

The Walmart warehouse club subsidiary said the screenings will be available on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at locations that have pharmacy and/or optical centers.

The test includes a vision acuity screening as well as a quick take-home test called an Amsler Grid, which screens for blurred or missing areas of vision.

Sam's Club also is offering eye health-related brands at reduced prices through Aug. 28, including OPTI-FREE Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution, Claritin Non-Drowsy Tablets  that relieve allergy symptoms and nasal congestion, and Member's Mark Lutein Softgel supplements that promote eye health. Also, customers can receive free samples of Zeiss Lens Wipes and Zeiss Liquid Eyeglass cleaner.

"Vision screenings are important preventative health measures for all ages to maintain eye health and preserve sight for years to come," Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president of health and wellness at Sam's Club, said in a statement. "Vision problems can start at any age, and early detection is the key to good vision. With many adults and children preparing to focus on chalkboards and computer screens this fall, Sam's Club is proud to offer free eye health screenings to benefit the communities we serve."

In addition to vision screenings, Sam's Club is offering free glucose tests to help to detect diabetes, a disease affecting millions of Americans that can damage the kidneys, heart and eyes, potentially causing blindness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults ages 20 to 74 years old, the retailer reported.

Sam's Club said it has provided more than 70,000 free screenings in U.S. clubs this year, with free diabetes screenings are scheduled for Sept. 10. In recent months, the wholesale club chain has offered free children's health checkups, free men's health screenings and free skin cancer checks. And earlier this year the retailer provided free allergy screenings in select locations and free heart health checkups at its more than 500 pharmacies nationwide.