Sometime after age 50, many of us are likely to hear our eye doctor say: “You have cataracts.”
Thankfully, modern cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed today. I am proud to say that every year, our Ophthalmology Clinic at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital performs more than 1,600 cataract procedures. We provide testing, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for a myriad of conditions involving eye disorders for thousands of patients each year.
To be able to deliver the highest standard of eye care, we rely on specialized equipment and technology – made possible through the generous support of donors like you.
Currently, we're in need of a new YAG laser - a piece of surgical equipment that my colleagues and I use every day. This advanced tool is used to remove a clouding of the lens capsule, a common occurrence after cataract surgery. Almost half of the patients who are treated for cataracts require this procedure at some point in their lives.
We also use the YAG laser to treat acute angle-closure glaucoma, a serious medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.
Our department is also in need of a new Visual Field Analyzer. Visual field testing is used to detect serious eye disorders like glaucoma as well as neurologic conditions.
Together, these two pieces of equipment cost $65,000. We can only reach this fundraising goal with your help, which is why I hope you will take a moment to make a gift right now.
Will you support our vision to deliver the very best eye care to everyone in our community?
Our patients deserve the highest level of care and we need your help to equip our hospital with the latest technology and tools available. Your gift will be used to purchase high priority equipment for the Ophthalmology Clinic, plus other important purchases that represent the hospital’s most urgent needs.
With our aging population that continues to grow, there is a real need to ensure our regional hospital has a well-equipped Ophthalmology Clinic and local expertise to deliver high-quality eye care close to home.
I hope you will support our vision to bring the best technology and care to everyone by donating today.
Dr. Richard Orr, B.Sc., M.D., FRCS (C)
Chief of Ophthalmology, Grey Bruce Health Services