Canadian Council of the Blind

Canadian Council of the Blind

November 10, 2014 15:17 ET

The Canadian Council of the Blind Expands Mobile Eye Clinic Program to Better Serve Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 10, 2014) - The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) urges all institutions at all levels of Canadian society to listen to and respond to the needs of returning veterans and their families. The CCB endorses all efforts to ensure veterans of all generations receive the support they require to attain an equitable and enriching life. To show our commitment, the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) announced today plans to expand its Mobile Eye Clinic program to offer eye care services free of charge to veterans.

The CCB is delighted to be developing a partnership with The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre for this pilot project to improve the quality of life for veterans and the aging population in the Ottawa region. The Mobile Eye Clinic is operated using a CCB Vision Van that offers on-site optometry visits conducted by qualified eye care professionals. The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre will be able to schedule convenient, on-location appointments. "We're very excited to be launching this initiative as part of our ongoing commitment to support veterans and their overall mental and physical health," explains Louise Gillis, President of the CCB. "Proper eye care is an important part of healthy living.

Going forward the CCB hopes to expand this project and forge additional partnerships to offer similar services to veteran's homes across Ontario and ultimately in other provinces.

The CCB estimates that more than 63 per cent of seniors are dealing with serious eye issues, and as the population ages the need for proper eye care will continue to grow. The Mobile Eye Clinic is an easy and efficient way for seniors and veterans to monitor eye care and contribute to overall health and wellness. To learn more about the CCB and this initiative please visit www.ccbnational.net.

About the CCB:

The Canadian Council of the Blind is the largest membership based organization of the blind in the country, with over 65 chapters in Canada. Founded by blind war veterans and schools of the blind in 1944, the CCB is a registered charity promoting advocacy and awareness and providing services that are vital to the blind community.

About the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre:

As a champion for the nation's aging population and those requiring continuing care, the Perley Rideau provides a wide range of vital programs and bilingual services while specializing in compassionate health care. Staff and volunteers work alongside partners and families to provide exceptional long-term care and support to veterans and community residents.

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