CNIB urges British Columbians to visit their eye doctor, wear sunglasses, and eat healthy for May during Vision Health Month

VANCOUVER, May 10 /CNW/ - CNIB and BC Doctors of Optometry are proud to have launched Vision Health Month with an Open House at the CNIB Vancouver service centre on Thursday, May 5, 2011.

The event provided an opportunity for the public to attend demonstrations, vision health information sessions and a variety of information booths designed to elevate vision health as a priority. "Few British Columbians realize 75 per cent of vision loss is preventable or treatable," says John Mulka, Executive Director. "During Vision Health Month, we'll be calling on B.C. residents to take control of their eye health, starting with getting their eyes checked."

"Simple lifestyle changes like wearing UV-protective sunglasses year-round and eating a diet rich in dark, leafy greens can also have a big impact on your eyes," says Dr. Surjinder Sahota, President of the B.C. Association of Optometrists.

Additional education sessions are planned across British Columbia with Open Houses in Prince George on May 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Victoria May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Kamloops, May 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. School presentations are scheduled as well as a Glaucoma Awareness Clinic at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, B.C. on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vision Health Month's online celebrity auction will start May 13. It's your chance to own the sunglasses of the stars! Visit the CNIB Shades of Fun celebrity sunglasses auction on eBay and place your bid on shades once owned by your favourite celebs, from Sarah McLachlan to Bobby Lenarduzzi, David Foster and more!

The Vision Health Month campaign culminates at the end of the month with Shades of Fun Day on May 26, in which thousands of Canadians from coast to coast will be wearing their sunglasses and throwing fun fundraisers to support CNIB.

"Vision loss can happen to anyone, at any time," says Mulka. "It's not life-ending, but it is life-changing. This is why these kinds of events are so important in helping raise awareness about vision health and supporting British Columbians who've lost their vision and have turned to CNIB for help."

British Columbians can support CNIB Vision Health Month by participating in Shades of Fun Day (www.shadesoffunday.ca) or one of many CNIB community events happening throughout May (listed online at www.cnib.ca), or by texting CNIB to 45678 to make a $5 donation.

About CNIB
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. To make a donation or learn more, visit www.cnib.ca or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.

SOURCE CNIB

For further information:

Tamara Tedesco, Communications Coordinator Western Canada CNIB
T: (604) 431-2174
F: (604) 431-2099
Tamara.tedesco@cnib.ca

Danielle Suter, Communications Manager Western Canada CNIB
T: (604) 431-2162
F: (604) 431-2099
C: (604) 813-5701
danielle.suter@cnib.ca


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