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In the Community
We are proud to serve our community. As a longstanding optometrist group in Maple Ridge with over 60 years serving your eye care needs, we understand the importance of giving back to those who have supported us. Here are some of the initiatives we supported in the last year.
Our optometry group has supported Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation with their fundraising gala as far back as 2005. This year, our clinic donated Maui Jim sunglasses for the silent auction and added $2,400 more through our ticket and auction purchases. An impressive $238,000 was raised for priority needs at Ridge Meadows Hospital and we proudly consider this year a resounding success.
We have deep appreciation for the hard working volunteers, Board of Directors and executive of the Hospital Foundation who work hard year-round to ensure that our healthcare providers have the very best tools.
Operation Red Nose is a free designated driver service provided over the holiday season to ensure that members of our community get home safely during the holidays. For the fourth year in a row, our doctors and staff jumped on board to help supply funding for volunteer driver compensation. We believe Operation Red Nose takes great initiative in providing a safe, free way for people to enjoy the festivities of the holiday season.
The CNIB provides community-based support and knowledge for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, helping them discover the confidence and skills needed to participate more fully in life. Maple Ridge Eye Care provides an annual donation of $1,000 to support CNIB's Vision Health Month in May, aiding efforts to eliminate avoidable sight loss.
Every Tuesday morning, the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society holds a weekly Health and Wellness Clinic for seniors 55 and over. Our very own Dr. Hurlbert volunteers at the clinic the first Tuesday morning of every month to answer any questions local seniors may have regarding their eye health and vision.
Topics covered have included: age related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye and tearing, eyelid lesions, as well as general diseases and their affect on vision. This opens the floor to any senior who may have a question on eye-related health and provides them access to answers from a practicing and certified optometrist in Maple Ridge.
To further increase public education, our optometrists speak to local community groups on various optical health topics. Last fall, Dr. Gary A. Matter spoke to a group at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Centre on “Aging and the Eyes.” His presentation covered early detection of eye disease and information on cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Recently, both Dr. Hurlbert and Dr. Rughani spoke to Kindergarten students at elementary schools on the job of an optometrist and the importance of caring for their eyes and vision safety.