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Brechin Lions Club gives the gift of healthy vision

12/15/2015 12:00:00 AM

(Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - Orillia, ON) – The Ophthalmology Clinic at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) will receive a new portable tonometer, thanks to the generous $5,000 gift donated by the Brechin and District Lions Club earlier this month.

The portable tonometer, also known as a Tono-Pen, is a digital pen-like instrument used to check optic nerve health. This test provides reliable intraocular pressure measurements, making it possible to diagnose glaucoma in its early stages and appoint necessary treatments.

“Glaucoma is an eye condition in which the pressure inside the eye becomes elevated.  We need to be able to measure the pressure of the eye in order to detect glaucoma and other eye conditions that threaten vision,” explained Dr. Tim Hillson, eye physician and surgeon. “The Tonopen is a fast and easy way of checking the eye pressure. It will help us detect glaucoma and other eye problems in our patients so that we can help to protect their vision and prevent blindness.”

The Brechin and District Lions Club has a strong history of supporting the hospital, with total giving reaching more than $24,000. In past years, the organization has supported essential equipment purchases including the MRI machine.
                      

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Terry Dyni
Director, Community Relations
Tel: 705-327-9179
E-mail: tadyni@osmh.on.ca

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