The Commissione Difesa Vista Onlus supports Race For The Cure

Commissione Difesa Vista Onlus is to pay a visit to Bologna (Italy) as one of the partners of “Race for the Cure” – the symbolic event organized by Susan G. Komen Italia, a non-profit organization run by volunteers that works to combat breast cancer across the whole of Italy.
From 21 to 23 September, the Giardini Margherita in Piazzale Jacchia will play host to a three-day event exclusively dedicated to health with a wide range of initiatives focusing on sport, wellbeing and solidarity. CDV Onlus is supporting the project by attending with its own stand, offering free eye tests carried out by qualified ophthalmologists and volunteer opticians. The screenings will take place on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The participation of CDV Onlus forms part of an event-packed schedule for adults and children in the Race village. Medical consultations with a number of free specialist services if required, and instructive and recreational initiatives will be available, and Sunday morning will see the well-known 5km race for serious athletes and amateurs alike, as well as the 2km fun walk for young and old.
By once again choosing to participate in the Race for the Cure project, CDV Onlus sets out to tackle the lack of information available on good prevention practices with awareness campaigns for eyecare protection, and therefore looks to reach an even wider section of the public (over 115,000 people took part in the four events of 2017).
Considering the fact that over 80% of sight defects can be prevented or treated, the association aims to counteract the worrying data which has recently emerged during its free screening programme: approximately 40% of people do not pay regular visits to the optician’s, and almost 20% of adults wear vision corrective lens that are no longer suited to their own needs. Moreover, the situation is perhaps even worse for the younger generation, with one child out of two having never paid a visit to the eye doctor. This statistic is very worrying when one considers how a rather common condition such as amblyopia (commonly known as “lazy eye” and affecting 3-4% of children under 5 years of age) can be completely treated, but only if diagnosed at a very early age.
In light of these facts, the free visual screenings to be carried out at the CDV Onlus stand in the Health Village of “Race for the Cure” intend to encourage the community to pay more attention to the health and wellbeing of their eyes. In particular, the opticians will assess the medical history of the patient’s eyes, and conduct a vision test and an Amsler test, while the ophthalmologists will perform an in-depth examination of the fundus of the eye and check the intraocular pressure.
The CDV Onlus initiative would not be possible without the support of leading technological partners in the market, who freely offer their best instruments for use in the eye tests: Essilor, who provides two portable examination Visiotest kits, a lensometer, an autorefractor and a non-contact tonometer, and Zeiss who provides a slit lamp, a handheld Visuscout camera to examine the fundus of the eye, and an autorefractor. CDV was supported by AMOA Onlus in involving the eye doctors that will perform the screenings.