South Carolina General Assembly
117th Session, 2007-2008

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Bill 3410

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March 13, 2008

H. 3410

Introduced by Reps. Edge, Agnew, Alexander, Allen, Anderson, Anthony, Bales, Ballentine, Bannister, Barfield, Battle, Bedingfield, Bingham, Bowen, Bowers, Brady, Branham, Brantley, Breeland, G. Brown, R. Brown, Cato, Ceips, Chalk, Chellis, Clemmons, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Coleman, Cooper, Cotty, Crawford, Dantzler, Davenport, Delleney, Duncan, Frye, Funderburk, Gambrell, Govan, Gullick, Hagood, Haley, Hamilton, Hardwick, Harrell, Harrison, Hart, Harvin, Haskins, Hayes, Herbkersman, Hinson, Hiott, Hodges, Hosey, Howard, Huggins, Jefferson, Jennings, Kelly, Kennedy, Kirsh, Knight, Leach, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Loftis, Lowe, Lucas, Mack, Mahaffey, McLeod, Merrill, Miller, Mitchell, Moody-Lawrence, Moss, Mulvaney, J.H. Neal, J.M. Neal, Neilson, Ott, Owens, Parks, Perry, Phillips, Pinson, E.H. Pitts, M.A. Pitts, Rice, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Scott, Sellers, Shoopman, Simrill, Skelton, D.C. Smith, F.N. Smith, G.M. Smith, G.R. Smith, J.E. Smith, J.R. Smith, W.D. Smith, Spires, Stavrinakis, Stewart, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Toole, Umphlett, Vick, Viers, Walker, Weeks, Whipper, White, Whitmire, Williams, Witherspoon and Young

S. Printed 3/13/08--S.

Read the first time January 31, 2007.




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Whereas, glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, affects more than 3 million Americans age 40 and older, and according to a University of South Carolina School of Medicine report, South Carolina ranked as the fifth worse state in the nation due to glaucoma blindness; and

Whereas, glaucoma is indicative of tragic health disparities, affecting African Americans six to eight times more frequently than Caucasians; and

Whereas, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness for African Americans, with African Americans ages 45 to 65 being fourteen to seventeen times more likely to go blind from glaucoma than Caucasians with glaucoma in the same age group; and

Whereas, Latinos and women are also disproportionately affected by glaucoma in younger age groups than other populations; and

Whereas, glaucoma affects an increasing number of older people across all races and ethnicities, reducing the quality of life for people in their golden years; and

Whereas, glaucoma causes people to lose their peripheral sight, oftentimes without the individual knowing it, and consequently only half of all people with glaucoma are aware of their condition; and

Whereas, because of the furtive nature of the progression of glaucoma, it is often called the "sneak thief of sight"; and

Whereas, most cases of glaucoma can be controlled and vision loss can be slowed or halted when identified and treated; however, when glaucoma is undetected, lost sight cannot be restored; and

Whereas, glaucoma runs in families, and yet few people know to have regular dilated eye examinations if they are at higher risk due to their family history; and

Whereas, Prevent Blindness America, the nation's leading voluntary health organization dedicated to saving sight and preventing blindness, in partnership with the General Assembly seeks to educate all South Carolinians, and especially people in communities of higher risk, about the dangers of glaucoma and the importance of regular eye examinations. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution declare January of each year as Glaucoma Awareness Month.


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