Commissione Difesa Vista Onlus, partner of Race For The Cure

Commissione Difesa Vista (CDV, Commission for Eye Health) Onlus is giving its full support once again this year to Race for the Care, the flagship event in raising awareness of prevention, that has organised four events in four cities (Rome, Bari, Bologna and Brescia) to be held throughout 2018.
Organised by Susan G. Komen Italia, a non-profit-making organisation operating on a voluntary basis that works to fight breast cancer across Italy, the event, in its 19th edition, kicks off today in Rome. This year, the decision was made to give even greater prominence to this project with four days of events (until 20 May) at Circo Massimo, a project dedicated to health through a variety of initiatives that have sport, wellbeing and solidarity as a common thread. CDV Onlus is supporting this project, offering free vision screenings with volunteer eye specialists and opticians.
CDV Onlus has decided to promote awareness campaigns, in collaboration with other organisations, in order to tackle the lack of information provided on good prevention practices. The Race for the Cure Events ensure that this message reaches a greater section of the public (over 115,000 entrants in the four editions in 2017, with approximately 65,000 people, a confirmation that this edition had the greatest attendance in the world out of the 150-plus organised by Komen in America, Europe, Asia and Africa), who gain an awareness of health and prevention issues.
Considering that over 80% of visual impairments are preventable or can be treated, CDV Onlus is committed to tackling the alarming figures that have recently come to light from free screenings provided by CDV-Commissione Difesa Vista Onlus: roughly 40% of Italians do not go to an eye specialist on a regular basis, and almost 20% of adults wear corrective lenses of some kind that are no longer suitable for their eyesight requirements. Moreover, the situation for children in particular is perhaps even more critical, with one child out of two having never been to an eye specialist. This is a particularly troubling figure, given that a widespread condition such as amblyopia, a disorder that affects 3%-4% of children under 5, can only be completely treated if diagnosed at an early age.
It is in this way that the free vision screenings that will be performed at the CDV Onlus stand in Race for the Cure’s Villaggio della Salute (Health Village) aim to encourage the public to be more attentive when it comes to eyecare and eye health. Specifically, the opticians will compile a “refractive” case history, and perform a refraction test and the Amsler test, whilst eye specialists will perform fundus and eye pressure tests.
CDV Onlus’ initiative would not have been possible without support from leading technology partners in the market, who have provided the very best instruments for eye tests free of charge: Essilor, who has provided two Visiotest units, a lensmeter, an automatic refractometer, and an air-puff tonometer, and Zeiss, who has provided a slit lamp, a Visuscout unit for fundus imaging, and an automatic refractometer.
Race for the Cure was founded in the United States in 1982, and takes place in over 100 American cities. Every year there are over 1.5 million attendants, including a number of public figures, most notably the President of the United States who has been an honorary starter in the Washington race. After Rome, the initiative will stop off in Bari (25-27 May), Bologna (21-23 September) and Brescia (5-7 October), and CDV Onlus will be attending all the events to offer vision screenings free of charge.

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