CNIB urges Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to get their eyes checked. Glaucoma Awareness Week is March 09 – 15, 2014.


It is called ‘the silent thief’ for a reason: it’s usually painless and has no immediate symptoms.

Approximately 4,400 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have some form of glaucoma – an incurable eye disease.

So when Low Vision Specialist, Nadine Kelly, says, “Get your eyes checked,” the urgency in her voice is apparent.

“Every day what I see are clients who have been diagnosed with Glaucoma but for some reason they are having trouble recognizing the seriousness of the condition.”

“For example; because a client may not experience any pain or other symptoms of this condition, they sometimes are not as diligent administering their prescribed eye drops. By doing that they are putting their eyes at risk. With Glaucoma, prevention is just as important as any other treatment.”

Glaucoma is a complicated condition which involves damage to the optic nerve. Since the disease progresses over many years, some people do not realize they have it until it’s too late. However, the most common forms of Glaucoma can be controlled if detected and treated early. If it goes undetected or not treated properly, it can lead to permanent vision loss or blindness.

“What CNIB suggests is that, first and foremost, eye examinations are as essential as any other medical exam. We urge people of the province to be proactive with their vision health and to contact CNIB if they are looking for more information about the condition.”

“Don’t take your vision for granted,” urges Kelly. “You have to take as much care of your eyes as you would any other part of your body. Book your next eye exam today.”

To learn more about glaucoma or CNIB’s programs and services, call 1-800-563-2642 or visit

About CNIB

CNIB provides 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. For more information, visit or call 1-800-563-2642.

For more information, please contact:

Debbie Ryan
Specialist, Communications
70 The Boulevard
St John’s, NL
A1A 1K2
T: 709-754-1180 ext. 5811
C: 709-685-7263

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