What’s the whole picture when it comes to vision health?

Did you know that May was Vision Health Month? Now, more than ever, it’s a good time to ask – how much do we really know about taking care of our eyes? We might assume it’s simply a matter of less screen time, or a great pair of sunglasses, or maybe we’ve just accepted that our eyesight will get worse with age. But is any of that true? The International Federation on Ageing’s (IFA) Eye See You campaign is calling for all Canadians to become more informed about their own eye health. What do we really need to know?

1. Is vision loss normal?
Every year more than 50,000 Canadians lose their sight. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy are two important and serious conditions yet there are many reasons people experience vision loss, and also many things that can help protect our eye sight. Many of the Eye See You partners have resources discussing vision health and vision loss in depth. To access these resources visit http://eyeseeyou.care/en/eyeseeyou2017/

2. Will treatment help?
Having access to the right treatment for the right patient at the right time is critical to improving vision, preventing blindness, and improving quality of life. Many retinal conditions are treatable if dealt with in a timely manner. It’s important to ask your doctor about the most effective treatments for your condition.

3. How can I learn more?
The Eye See You campaign is encouraging conversations about eye health. Whether it’s in-person, online, or via social media, talking about the issue with family, friends, and healthcare providers helps everyone better understand how we can protect this critical sense. To learn more, visit www.eyeseeyou.care and sign up for the Eye See You quarterly newsletter at http://eyeseeyou.care/en/stay-updated/.

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