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Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates “Save Your Vision Month”

March 1, 2012

Middletown, NY- In recognition of Save Your Vision Month, Orange Regional Medical Center and the Town of Wallkill Mid-Orange Lions Club and Middletown Lions Club, have partnered to collect old, unwanted eyeglasses for the Recycle for Sight program. Orange Regional will be a collection site for donations through Saturday, March 31, 2012. Donations will be accepted at Orange Regional’s main campus lobby desk located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown. A collection box will also be available in the Café at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road, Middletown.

Donated eyeglasses will be distributed to needy children and adults within developing countries where, in most instances, eye care is often inaccessible. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries.

“A simple eyeglass donation can change someone’s life,” says Town of Wallkill Mid-Orange Lions Club Director, Dave Bechtle. “In 2011, the Lions Clubs throughout Orange County collected over 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses. As a result, thousands of people will now be able to read, attend school, obtain employment and care for their families.”

“It is a pleasure to work with the Lions Club and support the Recycle for Sight program. Participating in this endeavor provides Orange Regional and our community the opportunity to make a real difference to those in need,” says Orange Regional’s Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, Rob Lee.

Middletown Lions Club, Chairman of the Sight Committee, Carol Lybolt says, “We’re excited to be able to partner with Orange Regional to raise awareness about this significant effort to help others in need.”

Collected eyeglasses undergo “processing”, which includes sorting; cleaning; determining the prescription of the lenses; categorizing by prescription and packaging in preparation for distribution.

For more information on how to donate your unwanted eye glasses please visit Orange Regional’s main campus, the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion or call Orange Regional’s Marketing and Public Relations Office at 845-333-2361.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Retinal Surgery Services

Orange Regional Medical Center’s advanced retinal eye surgery is offered at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion located at 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown to treat patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy; vitreous hemorrhage; hemolytic glaucoma; central vein occlusion; maculator holes or tears and other retinal detachment disorders. Orange Regional’s surgeons utilize state-of-the-art equipment allowing for micro-incisions, or small incisions that self-heal, eliminating the need for the physician to close the incision. This allows the patient to heal faster and more comfortably.

To learn more about advanced retinal eye surgery procedures offered at Orange Regional or to locate an Ophthalmologist, visit www.ormc.org.

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