CALIFORNIA INITIATIVE TO COMBAT DIABETIC RETINOPATHY LAUNCHES ON WORLD SIGHT DAY

CALIFORNIA INITIATIVE TO COMBAT DIABETIC RETINOPATHY LAUNCHES ON WORLD SIGHT DAY

Lions Clubs International Campaigns Against Leading Cause Of Blindness, Affecting Latino Population In Los Angeles Area


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ADVISORY for October 10, 2002

WHAT:

Lions Clubs International (LCI) is launching a comprehensive initiative for diabetic retinopathy education in Los Angeles, featuring educational material and free eye screenings conducted by local healthcare professionals. The event will focus on Latinos, as almost half of Los Angeles’s Latino population is affected with diabetes, according to the Latino Issues Forum. Mobile screening units throughout southern California will travel to the Los Angeles area to kick off the campaign to bolster Latinos’ understanding of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States.

World Sight Day was launched globally in 1998 by LCI to raise awareness of the need and ability to preserve and restore sight.

WHY:

A study by the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) found that 60 percent of diabetes patients are not worried about major complications from diabetes, although 74 percent will develop complications such as diabetic retinopathy. According to the Braille Institute, close to 200,000 southern Californians already suffer from some form of vision loss or blindness.

WHEN:

Lions World Sight Day

Thursday, October 10, 2002; 4:00pm – 8:00pm

WHERE:

Montebello Senior Center (“Alex Esquivel Center”)

115 South Taylor Ave. (Southwest corner of Whittier Blvd.)

Montebello, Calif.

WHO:

Kay Fukushima, Lions Clubs International President, and California resident

Dr. Dave Hill, Los Angeles optometrist

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CONTACT:

Ketchum

Silvia Manrique

312-228-6843 (w)

312-952-7026 (m)

CALIFORNIA INITIATIVE TO COMBAT DIABETIC RETINOPATHY LAUNCHES ON WORLD SIGHT DAY