INFORMATION FOR - General Public
General vision information for adults

By early adulthood the human eye is fully developed. However, vision changes as we age, and lifestyle plays a significant role in maintaining optimum vision.Wear sunglasses when out of doors.
  • Invest in protective eyewear appropriate to any sport you play.
  • Wear appropriate safety glasses while on the job.
  • Eat healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Do not smoke … smoking triples the risk of developing Macular Degeneration.
  • Watch your weight and have your physician check regularly for early signs of Diabetes.
  • If you work at a computer take frequent “eye breaks”, check the angle and distance of your computer screen, check your workspace for sources of glare. Symptoms of eye and vision problems linked to extended computer use include dry, irritated, inflamed or sore eyes, headaches and blurred vision.
  • Schedule regular eye health and vision examinations with your optometrist.
Statistics (provided by the National Coalition for Vision Health)
  • Number of Canadians developing irreversible vision loss by age 65: one in nine (equal to the number of women affected by breast cancer).
  • By age 75: one in four.
  • In 2001, vision loss accounted for 17% of total disability in Canada.
  • Amount of preventable vision loss in Canada: 75%.
  • For people with vision loss, compared to general population the same age:
    - Admission to nursing homes is three years earlier.
    - Number of falls is twice as high.
    - Incidence of depression is three times as high.
    - Occurrence of hip fractures is four times as high.
    - Number of deaths is twice as high.
  • As a result of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), 2.1 million Canadians between the ages of 43 - 75 are experiencing blindness or irreversible vision loss. This is equivalent to the number of Canadians with Diabetes, and 20 times the number of people with Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Each year 78,000 Canadians are diagnosed with AMD, a number expected to triple within the next 25 years.