Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dinner, Tuesday, May 26, 2009

This was the last dinner before breaking for the summertime and thanks to those members and guests who joined us at the Justice Institute.

Another lovely meal awaited us, with vegetable soup followed by pork and apple sauce, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, and gravy! Our dessert was carrot cake and beverages included fruit juices, tea and coffee.

It has been suggested to have a luncheon during June, rather than a day out, and Nick proposed that we meet at La Rustica Restaurant on 6th Street, New Westminster at noon on Tuesday June 23. With a unanimous vote on this, please mark this date and location on your calendar!

Following dinner we adjourned to the Theatre to listen to our guest speaker, Dr. David Neima, who is an Ophthalmologist, with a very busy practice in New Westminster. We thank Dr. Neima for his presentation on Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), and it was excellent. AMD is a progressive disease of the retina wherein the light-sensing cells in the central area of vision (the macula) stop working and eventually die. The disease is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, and it is most common in people who are age sixty and over. AMD is the leading cause of visual impairment in senior citizens.
A very appropriate topic, Dr. Neima's presentation was well prepared and informative and he completed his talk with a question and answer section.

A couple of useful hints: do not put water in your eyes, and do not rub your eyes. Eyes do not like water and prefer "tears" (please use reputable eye drops) and rubbing eyes breaks up eye tissue, so please take note of this very useful advice!

Thanks again to Dr. Neima, who has a very busy schedule, for taking time to visit and inform us.

Look forward to seeing you at the June 23rd luncheon, and enjoy this beautiful weather!
Best wishes,