May is Vision Health Month!

To mark Vision Health Month (May 1 to 31), the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) is calling on all Ontarians to book a comprehensive eye exam with their local optometrist. 

“Optometrists do so much more than check your eyesight,” said Dr. Jeffrey Guthrie, President of OAO. “During an eye exam, we use a variety of tools to perform a thorough examination of the internal health of the eyes, so that any issues are detected and treated early - before they cause permanent vision loss.”

All Ontarians should make their eye health a priority:

• Children should have their first eye exam with an optometrist by at least 3 years of age, or at any time earlier if there are concerns or suspicions of eye health or vision problems, to make sure that eye development and coordination is progressing as it should. Good vision is also an essential factor in a child’s ability to learn in school. Eye exams for children are covered annually by OHIP up to age 19, and they can be fun and simple for kids too.
• For seniors, yearly comprehensive eye exams are essential to ensuring that the effects of aging eyes, such as glaucoma and cataracts, are detected and treated early, so as to minimize their impact on quality of life. Annual visits to the optometrist are covered by OHIP for Ontarians aged 65 and up.
• Adults should receive an eye exam every two years to ensure that any eye health and vision issues are promptly detected and treated. Comprehensive eyes exams also have the ability to detect other health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure and even certain brain tumours.
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About the Ontario Association of Optometrists

The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) is the leading provincial professional organization representing optometrists in Ontario. For more than 100 years, OAO has worked with members, governments and stakeholders to ensure that patients in Ontario receive the highest standard of eye health and vision care. OAO’s members have the skills and training to help seniors retain their independence, children learn and develop, and ensure good quality of life for Ontarians.

Posted on May 1, 2017 .