Media Advisory - Media Invitation to Attend World Sight Day 2007

    Childhood Blindness is the theme for World Sight Day 2007

    OTTAWA, Oct. 2 /CNW/ -

    Date:   Wednesday, October 3, 2007

    Time:   4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Place:  University of Ottawa Eye Institute
            Ottawa Hospital, General Campus
            501 Smyth Rd, 3rd floor of the Critical Care Wing
            Room 3204 Conference Room
            Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1H 8L6

    VISION 2020, MEDEC, CNIB, CBMI, Operation Eye Sight, Canadian Association
Optometrists, Canadian Ophthalmological Society, World Blind Union, would
appreciate coverage for the official launch of World Sight Day 2007.
    Every five seconds, someone in our world goes blind...and a child goes
blind every minute.
    Childhood blindness in children is a major public health concern. Almost
50 percent of the world's 1.4 million children who are living without sight
are needlessly blind, from avoidable causes.
    Early intervention is key to ensuring that children with eye problems
have the best possible outcomes in the developing World and Canada.


    Dr. Ralf Buhrmann, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University
of Ottawa Eye Institute. Vision impairment may be a significantly greater
public health problem than it appears, according to new research. Vision loss
is rapidly increasing in Canada

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. David Yorston spent 10 years working at the Kikuyu
Eye Unit, Nairobi (the largest eye unit in Africa). While there, he tripled
the number of operations and introduced new techniques and treatments.

    -  Question and answer session
    -  Interviews available

For further information:

For further information: Lindsay O'Connor, Chair, World Sight Day
Canada, (647) 202-3445

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