People experiencing vision loss are at a greater risk of social isolation and reduced community participation. 75% of vision loss can be treated or prevented and early diagnosis of eye problems can decrease the needless loss of vision.

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Ebata Eyecare hosted a Day of Caring® in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to provide eye exams and glasses to those in need. The Day of Caring spanned an entire day at the Ebata Eyecare clinic and managed to provide eye exams to 16 CMHA participants who were incredibly appreciative for this opportunity.

CMHA participants face many barriers such as social stigma, inadequate access to health care and insurance that may keep them from receiving much needed medical attention. Ebata Eyecare broke down each of the above barriers and had a remarkable impact on all of the day’s patients. One patient in particular, Anne, was a beacon of happiness throughout her appointment and thoroughly enjoyed the entire process. Anne had the whole clinic buzzing with excitement as she picked out a pair of reading glasses. She tried on a few pairs; the most exciting were a pair of hot pink frames, although Anne decided to go for a quieter colour for her very own first pair of glasses.

Dr. Ebata, Dr. Baba, and their incredible opticians made sure that each patient received the utmost care and professionalism and had each and every participant leaving in excitement, appreciation, and with a big smile on their face.

This Day of Caring was the second of its kind for Ebata Eyecare, and we cannot wait to see how much more of an impact they will make in the years to come!

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With nearly 700 volunteers putting in over 3450 volunteer hours in less than three years, a lot of work, learning, and connecting is getting done at United Way Days of Caring®

The idea is simple. An organization has a project that has been sitting on the backburner like a new fence or a space painted, and a local business has a team of eager volunteers ready to get the job done. But it’s not just about the fence. It’s about building a sense of caring through volunteerism and connecting people with different skills, knowledge, and backgrounds. It’s about team-building and having the chance to learn about the programs available in our community that United Way supports.

Ready to roll up your sleeves and give back to your community? Sign up for a Day of Caring by CLICKING HERE.

 

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