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Eye health

May is Vision Health Month. The Canadian Association of Optometrists encourages all Canadians to “GetEyeWise” to learn more about eye health and optimal vision care. As you get older, it is normal for your vision to change. Maintaining your eye health can help you stay safe and independent as you age. Regular eye exams are very important. Through an eye exam, your optometrist or ophthalmologist can help to identify underlying health conditions, including warning signs for brain tumours, diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, thyroid disease and vascular disease. Older adults are at higher risk of eye conditions and diseases that can threaten your vision. An eye check up can also detect whether cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma are present. These conditions are the top causes for vision loss in seniors. Read our resources on vision health below.

 

Featured Resources

1. Blog Post: Antioxidants for eye health? Research provides clarity

2. Web Resource Rating: Recognize these common eye conditions

3. Web Resource Rating: Eye examinations for adults

4. Web Resource Rating: Screening for glaucoma: Consumer fact sheet

5. Evidence Summary: Over the counter artificial tear drops for dry eye syndrome

6. Evidence Summary: Blood pressure control for diabetic retinopathy

7. Evidence Summary: Laser treatment of drusen to prevent progression to advanced age-related macular degeneration

 


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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website

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