Letter to the Editor: Dr. Keith Gordon — May 31, 2014

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A CNIB study showed that more than a quarter of Canadians don’t believe that regular eye exams have a major impact on reducing the risk of vision loss. The same study reported that among Canadians who hadn’t had an eye exam in the past two years, more than half said the reason was they believed they have good vision. But many serious eye diseases that can cause vision loss have no symptoms and can only be detected through a comprehensive eye exam.

May is Vision Health Month, and CNIB and Doctors of Optometry Canada are calling on Canadians to protect their families’ vision by getting an eye exam.

Vision loss can happen at any age, so how can you protect the vision health of your family? Infants and toddlers should undergo their first examination between the ages of six and nine months. Children should then undergo at least one eye exam between the ages of two and five years old, followed by annual exams for school-age children. Adults should visit their Doctor of Optometry at least every two years, and seniors over 65-years-old should book annual appointments.

Besides a regular exam, there is more you can do to protect your sight. Always wear sunglasses when you’re outside, as UV damage can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, cornea sunburn, tissue growths on the surface of the eye and eyelid skin cancer. Nutrition can also play a part in vision health, so eat a healthy diet and stay active.

 

Dr. Keith Gordon

Vice President of Research, CNIB

Geographic location: Canada

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