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Free public information sessions about glaucoma at the Jewish General Hospital
The Jewish General Hospital (JGH) invites the public to attend a special information session offered in an effort to increase awareness about glaucoma. The JGH will hold a free public information session in English to provide patients with an opportunity to interact with medical professionals and learn more about the disease that is called the “silent thief of sight”.
Glaucoma is the world’s second leading cause of blindness, affecting more than 400,000 Canadians and 67 millions people worldwide. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial in minimizing potential damage to the optic nerve due to the fact that symptoms are rarely apparent to anyone but a doctor. To raise public awareness, Project Manager of the JGH’s McGill Glaucoma Information Centre, Marc Renaud, leads free and interactive monthly information sessions. These sessions are the only ones of its kind available in Montreal.
Date: Monday, February 20, at 4:00 p.m. (session can last up to 2 hours)
Location: Samuel S. Cohen Auditorium, Pavilion A, A-102
“We’re trying to raise awareness, because this is a serious disease with the potential to blind people, but doesn’t necessarily have symptoms early on,” explains Renaud. “It is the JGH’s commitment to provide free information seminars which are open to any individual interested in this problem, since the more people know about glaucoma, the better equipped they are to fight it.”
Glenn J. Nashen, Director
Roland Mailhot, Media Relations
Public Affairs and Communications
Jewish General Hospital