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.
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.
For further information:
Tamara Tedesco, Communications Coordinator Western Canada CNIB
T: (604) 431-2174
F: (604) 431-2099
Danielle Suter, Communications Manager Western Canada CNIB
T: (604) 431-2162
F: (604) 431-2099
C: (604) 813-5701