This year’s Bay Area Black Expo will provide free vision and glaucoma screenings on the first of the two-day event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 8 at the Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th St. in downtown Oakland.
“For people with undiagnosed glaucoma and eye disease, Glaucoma Research Foundation and Prevent Blindness Northern California are able to provide a tremendous service to many more people than we could on our own, through public forum, especially the Bay Area Black Expo,” said Bill Stewart, Glaucoma Research Foundation board member.
“Eye screening is the first step to protecting eye health or starting on the path to eye health improvement. For children, diagnosis of eye issues at a young age improves their opportunities for success as they enter school.” Stewart said. “For adults, early detection, especially of glaucoma, may save sight.”
The 2012 Expo, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9, will include entrepreneur workshops; healthy cooking demonstrations with Cuisine Noir Magazine and celebrity chefs; fitness classes; Greek fraternity/sorority step shows; celebrity “Inside the Artist Studio” interviews; a powerful spirit-led Sunday gospel celebration hosted by KDYA’s (The Light 1190 AM) Brotha Phil; and special celebrity guest performers and speakers, in addition to exhibits of arts and crafts, retail, social, corporate, and health care vendors and other exhibitors.
Admittance is $10 general admission; $5 for children, students with ID and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door and online at bayareablackexpo.com/event/tickets.