Audio: Quote from Dr. Keith Gordon, Vice President, Research, CNIB
Audio: Quote from Dr. Lil Linton, president of the Canadian Association of Optometrists and a spokesperson for Doctors of Optometry Canada
Eye exams the most critical step to prevent blindness, say CNIB and
Doctors of Optometry Canada
TORONTO, May 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Think perfect eyesight means healthy eyes?
Not necessarily, say CNIB and Doctors of Optometry Canada.
As Vision Health Month begins, the two organizations are reminding
Canadians that vision health is about more than just seeing well, and
urging them to do one simple thing to save their sight: get an eye
examination from a Doctor of Optometry.
"20/20 vision and eye disease are not mutually exclusive," says Dr. Keith Gordon, vice president of research at CNIB. "Although a staggering one in
seven Canadians will be diagnosed with an eye disease in their
lifetime, it's not always as obvious as you'd think. Many eye diseases
have no symptoms in the early stages, so it's possible to have one and
still see perfectly well."
That's where a comprehensive eye examination from a Doctor of Optometry comes in. In addition to assessing a
person's vision, the doctor conducts a series of specialized tests
designed to diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma, age-related macular
degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
"The earlier an eye disease is detected, the greater the chance of
preventing or minimizing associated vision loss through treatment,"
says Dr. Lil Linton, president of the Canadian Association of
Optometrists and a spokesperson for Doctors of Optometry Canada "That's
why it's so critical to get your eyes examined regularly. By the time
you notice a problem, it could be too late to save your sight."
But how often should you get your eyes examined? While these guidelines
are not appropriate for all clinical situations, Doctors of Optometry Canada recommends that:
infants should have their first eye exam between six and nine months of age;
children should undergo at least one eye examination between the ages of two and
five, and then yearly once they enter school;
adults between the ages of 19 and 64 should have an eye exam every two years;
seniors should have an eye exam annually.
"Vision loss can happen to anyone, at any age, but many people don't
realize that 75 per cent of vision loss can be prevented or treated if
detected early," says Dr. Gordon. "Getting an eye exam is the single
most important thing you can do to stay on the right side of that
About Vision Health Month
Vision Health Month is a nationwide awareness campaign designed to educate Canadians about
their vision health and help eliminate avoidable sight loss across the
country. Throughout the month of May, CNIB and Doctors of Optometry
Canada are partnering to call on all Canadians to do one simple thing
that could save their sight: get an eye exam from a Doctor of
Optometry. For more information, visit eyesareforlife.ca.
CNIB is a registered charity that strives to ensure Canadians who are blind
or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to
fully participate in life. To do so, we provide personalized
rehabilitation support to help people of all ages see beyond vision
loss, build their independence and lead the lives they want.
Additionally, we work hand-in-hand with Canadians who are blind or
partially sighted to advocate for a barrier-free society, and we strive
to eliminate avoidable sight loss with world-class research and by
promoting the importance of vision health through public education. To
learn more, visit cnib.ca or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.
About Doctors of Optometry Canada
Doctors of Optometry Canada (DOC) is the national public education campaign of the Canadian
Association of Optometrists (CAO) and the provincial optometric
associations. The goal of the campaign is to educate the public on the
value of regular eye examinations performed by a Doctor of Optometry, a
single source for all eye health and eyewear needs. For more
information, visit DoctorsofOptometry.ca.
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