Second annual CNIB Vision Health Month is officially launched!
MONTREAL, May 5 /CNW/ - This May, CNIB is launching its second annual
Vision Health Month to raise awareness about eye health and help
eliminate avoidable sight loss in Quebec and across Canada.
"Few realize that 75 per cent of vision loss is preventable or
treatable," says John M. Rafferty, CNIB President and CEO. "It all
starts with getting your eyes checked regularly. In addition, 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 health."
CNIB is leading a range of exciting activities throughout Quebec and the
rest of the country to elevate vision health as a priority - including
public service announcements, awareness clinics and fundraising
campaigns like Shades of Fun. Now in its second year, Shades of Fun
encourages everyone to throw on their sunglasses throughout May to
protect their eyes from UV damage, and hold fundraisers to support
CNIB. The campaign culminates on May 26 and all proceeds support the
services CNIB provides to the blind or partially sighted population of
Quebec and Canada.
"Vision loss can happen to anyone, at any time," says Mrs. Dorothée
Janet, Executive Director, CNIB-Quebec. "It is 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 our fellow
citizens who have partially or completely lost their vision and have
turned to CNIB for help."
Everybody can support CNIB Vision Health Month by taking control of
their eye health, participating in Shades of Fun day, texting CNIB to
45678 to make a $5 donation, or attending one of many CNIB community
events this May which are listed at www.cnib.ca.
Did You Know?
Every 12 minutes, someone in Canada starts to lose her/his vision.
Seventy-five per cent of vision loss is preventable or treatable.
1 million Quebecers and 4 million Canadians suffer from eye diseases and
risk losing their vision.
We can all take control of our eye health by visiting our eye doctor
regularly; wearing sunglasses year-round; and learning more about
vision loss by visiting www.cnib.ca
Eye exams are covered by most provincial and territorial governments for
children and seniors (65+).
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.
Shades of Fun day: www.shadesoffunday.ca
For further information:
Olivier Fillion-Boutin, OPTIMUM