Canadian Ophthalmological Society shares eye-opening stats and tips for healthy vision during Vision Health Month

Tuesday May 4, 2021

Awareness month is a good reminder to prioritize eye health with regular checkups

TORONTO, ON, May 4, 2021 /CNW/ – The vast majority of Canadians say vision loss is their most feared disability, yet 60 per cent experience symptoms of potential eye disease – and only half will see a healthcare professional about these symptoms, according to the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. And during Vision Health Month in May, they are urging Canadians to prioritize their eye health with a visit to an eye health professional.

“Many people may be putting off getting their eyes checked, particularly right now because of Covid, but it’s not a good idea as eye issues can worsen quickly,” said Dr. Colin Mann, President of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. “Considering that some serious eye diseases have no symptoms, often until it’s too late, raising awareness and encouraging regular testing is important to help save Canadians’ vision.”

For example, a person with glaucoma can lose as much as 40 per cent of their sight without any noticeable symptoms. It is also the leading cause of irreversible blindness that affects more than 800,000 Canadians, half of whom don’t even know they have it. Other serious eye diseases include age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy, all of which currently affect 1 in 6 Canadians. The good news however is that, if caught early enough, ophthalmologists can treat or prevent vision loss in 75 per cent of cases, providing life-changing impacts on patients and their families, including regained independence and quality of life.

In addition to getting regular eye exams, Canadians can also ensure they protect their vision by following these tips:

About Canadian Ophthalmological Society
The Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) is the national, recognized authority on eye and vision care in Canada. As eye physicians and surgeons, we are committed to assuring the provision of optimal medical and surgical eye care for all Canadians by promoting excellence in ophthalmology and by providing services to support our members in practice. Our membership includes over 900 ophthalmologists and 200 ophthalmology residents. We work collaboratively with government, other national and international specialty societies, our academic communities (ACUPO), our provincial partners and affiliates and other eye care professionals and patient groups to advocate for health policy in Canada in the area of eye and vision health. COS is an accredited, award-winning provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and is an affiliate of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). For more information, visit

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