May is CNIB’s Vision Health Month
Sunday, May 4 2014 | 00 h 00 min | News
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and Doctors of Optometry Canada decided to join forces for Vision Health Month to raise awareness among Canadians about the importance of getting regular eye exams to prevent eye disease.
A recent CNIB study shows that more than half of Canadians who had not had an eye exam in the past two years said the reason was they believed they have good vision. The study also shows that only 14% of children under the age of six have had an eye exam. The campaign states that one in seven Canadians will develop a serious eye disease in their lifetime, and early detection can significantly lower the risk of vision loss.
The campaign is therefore directed at Canadians from all age groups and the theme is
“Is your family’s vision health at risk?”
The CNIB and Doctors of Optometry Canada have prepared a checklist to find out what each family member is doing to keep their eyes healthy (http://visionhealthmonth.cnib.ca/checklist/) and remind people how important it is to get regular eye exams from a doctor of optometry.