Dear Friends of Healthcare;

Vision loss is a disability feared by many, and can affect an individual’s health, social interaction and economic security. This is especially true for older adults. As the population of our region ages, eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts become more common.  To stay on the leading edge of detection and provide optimal treatment, eye specialists need up-to-date medical equipment. 

As a Board of Director with the South and Central Health Foundation, I am proud to announce that YOUR charity is focussing its fundraising efforts this Christmas season on the need to replace the aging Visual Field Testing Equipment at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre.

This equipment is key in the diagnoses, and ongoing treatment of eye diseases, including eye complications from stroke. A visual field test measures the area of vision, or how wide of an area your eye can see. It shows changes that are not noticed by the patient until the damage is severe. It is important to get a visual field test as often as is recommended by your eye doctor, in order to monitor progress and preserve vision.

As a family physician with interest in the care of older adults, I have observed how serious eye problems can diminish one’s quality of life and increase the risk of social isolation, depression, and falls. According to the National Coalition for Vision Health, vision loss doubles challenges associated with daily living; increases the need for nursing home placement; doubles social dependence and the risk of falls; triples the risk of depression; quadruples the risk of hip fractures; and doubles mortality rate.

In the spirit of giving, the South and Central Health Foundation is asking for your help to complete this very special project this Christmas season. Many of us know someone personally who would benefit directly from this equipment, and it is our hope to have it available for patients very early in the New Year. 

On behalf of the Foundation Board of Directors and the patients that are assisted, I thank you for your support of previous projects.  In the past, by giving to the South and Central Health Foundation, you have helped to ensure that your hospital is prepared to give the best care whenever it is needed.  

You can make an immediate secure online donation through this website by clicking on the "Make a Donation" button. If you do, your charitable receipt will go to your inbox within minutes. Regardless of how you make your gift, it is income tax deductible, and a charitable receipt will be issued for all donations of $10 or greater.


 Dr. Jody Woolfrey  MD CCFP FCFP

P.S.     Maintaining eye health, preventing avoidable vision loss, and managing age-related eye disease is key to maintaining quality of life for older adults. I hope you’ll find it possible to help facilitate this important purchase.


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