September 23, 2009 in News from Our Companies

SoloHealth Expands to St. Louis

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SoloHealth, a leader in self-service health screening, has partnered with Schnucks Markets, Inc., a regional grocery and pharmacy retailer, to bring EyeSite vision screening kiosks to 30 stores in the St. Louis area.

The interactive kiosks are free to use and provide consumers with a quick, accurate assessment of their near and distance vision. They also asses risk, provide relevant eye health information and encourage consumers to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with their eye care professional or select an eye doctor from a list of local providers.

The EyeSite kiosks are not a replacement for a regular eye exam. Rather, consumers answer a series of lifestyle questions on a touchscreen and are presented with various sized letters to determine near and distance acuity. They then receive a customized report of their results which they can share directly with their eye care professional.

According to Prevent Blindness America, a national non-profit organization, half of all blindness is preventable if eye problems are detected and treated early. For adults, data shows that the number of Americans with age-related eye disease, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease, is expected to double by the year 2030.

“Too often, people don’t realize that their vision may deteriorate so slowly that it may be imperceptible,” said Bart Foster, CEO of SoloHealth. “They may think they have 20/20 vision, but in reality, eye disease may be forming. In fact, of the 175,000 people tested in our home base of Atlanta, 25 percent had never had an eye exam despite, in many cases, having risk factors such as family history of eye disease.”

Added Foster, “By partnering with Schnucks, we hope to encourage those in the St. Louis area to take a brief moment to stop by our free kiosks and make their vision health a priority. By taking care of our eyes today, we can help to preserve the gift of sight for years to come.”

“Schnucks has always been dedicated to bringing its shoppers solutions for the health and wellness of their families,” said Mike Jurgensmeyer, vice president for pharmacy and fuel. “Providing our customers with access to free vision screenings from SoloHealth’s EyeSite kiosks is big step in helping them take an active role in their overall health.”

A listing of all EyeSite kiosks can be found online

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