Diocese of Rockville Centre

Good Samaritan Hospital

News from Catholic Health Services



Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager 
Christine Hendriks,
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone:  (631) 376-4104

Date:  February 26, 2010


Imagine struggling to see the numbers on a clock, the letters on a sign or the cars heading toward you.  Think how discouraging it would be if you got a headache when you read, or did homework, or tried to see an assignment on the blackboard.

Eighty-percent of learning is through the visual sense. One out of four children has a vision problem, yet only one out of seven children has had an eye examination before starting school.  Only one out of two teenagers has an eye examination by high school graduation.  Each year, the month of March is dedicated to raising Americans’ awareness concerning the importance of regular eye care.  Eye specialists encourage individuals to consider eye and vision care an integral part of their regular health care routines before print gets blurry or a problem develops. 

According to optometrists/ophthalmologists, 90% of eye injuries can be prevented.  The biggest mistake people make in terms of eye health is not taking the proper precaution by wearing safety glasses, sunglasses and/or protection for sports.  Eye diseases and other health problems can also cause vision loss.  Routine exams are essential in early detection of eye problems and ensuring overall eye health.  Diabetes and hypertension both affect the blood vessels in the eyes and can cause damage to the retina.  Diabetes is also the largest cause of vision impairment or loss in the elderly.  It is important to be aware of family history of eye diseases and to inform your optometrist or ophthalmologist of any vision problems or medical conditions you have.

For more information, find an ophthalmologist near you or to schedule an appointment for a glaucoma screening at Good Samaritan, please call (631) 376-4444.


Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The Medical Center, which has 4,400 employees and more than 800 physicians on staff, had 29,000 patient admissions and more than 100,000 emergency room visits in 2009. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit our website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.

Good Samaritan provides approximately $49 million in community service and charity care each year. The Medical Center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.