CNIB launches comprehensive new vision health guide



    Groundbreaking publication aims to be "one-stop shopping" for Canadians
    with questions about their vision

    CALGARY, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - Canadians who have questions and concerns about
vision health now have the answers they need at their fingertips as CNIB
launches a comprehensive new guide for older adults, their family members and
friends, and health-care professionals.
    You and Your Vision Health: Yes! Something More Can Be Done is aimed at
the growing number of people across Canada who have vision loss or are at risk
of it because they are over 50. It was launched today by CNIB during the
Canadian Association on Gerontology's annual meeting in Calgary (November
1-3).
    Currently, more than 400,000 Canadians aged 55 or older have vision loss
that makes daily living a challenge, and that number is expected to increase
dramatically as our population ages. Alarmingly, many Canadians are unfamiliar
with the signs and symptoms of eye disease. Others are unaware that serious
eye conditions such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can
be present without symptoms and progress rapidly if left untreated. Still
others who have vision loss do not know what support is available to make life
easier and help them maintain independence.
    The book is the first of its kind in Canada and includes information from
scientific, medical and lay sources, plus feedback from seniors who share what
they wished they had known when first diagnosed with eye disease. Information
on coping with irreversible vision loss is included alongside risk factors,
prevention, treatment and support services.
    "The message that we want to get across is 'Don't panic; there's hope and
there's help'," says Dr. Keith Gordon, Director of Research, CNIB. "Although
it is true that vision loss can require a period of adjustment, it is quite
possible to enjoy most of the same activities you did before you started to
lose your vision."
    "Our goal was to produce a resource for people, particularly adults 50
and over, facing the possibility of, or already living with vision loss, that
would address their real need for information and make it available to them in
plain language, from one source," says Dr. Deborah Gold, Associate Director,
Research, CNIB and co-author of the book.
    While vision loss affects Canadians of all ages, it is most prevalent
among older people. In fact, the number of older Canadians with vision loss is
expected to more than double in the next 25 years.
    Production of this publication was made possible by a financial
contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
    Specially designed with a large font size and spiral binding that allows
readers to flip the book open easily, You and Your Vision Health can be
purchased for the retail price of $9.95 plus shipping and handling by calling
1-866-659-1843.





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