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7 Articles You Should Check Out This Vision Health Month

Posted on May 5th, 2021

Whether it’s taking small steps to make your home more eye-friendly or booking a comprehensive eye exam with your optometrist each year, preventative measures against vision loss can be as small as treating your dry eye or spotting the problem early in a squinting child.  

This Vision Health Month, prioritize healthy eyes by learning about different types of eye problems, signs and symptoms to look out for, and what you can do to prevent ocular issues or vision loss.

Below, you will find a list of some recent blogs, developed to provide key insights to guide in the learning some important information about complete eyecare.

1.Risk Factors of Glaucoma: The Leading Cause of Blindness in Canada

Did you know there are virtually no early symptoms at the onset of glaucoma? Perhaps this is why it remains the leading cause of blindness in Canada, and affects around 67 million people worldwide. Glaucoma has four forms: primary open-angle, angle-closure, secondary, and primary. Considered painless and currently incurable, this disease is treatable with medications and surgery, so early detection is key to preventing loss of sight.

2.Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Discover the effects and symptoms of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, and what advances in technology are available to prevent and treat it. Defined as an affliction that breaks down the macula, it degenerates the photoreceptor cells responsible for light detection. More than 1.4 million Canadians live with AMD, and most individuals affected are over the age of 55. Learn about the types of AMD and the available treatments for healthy eyes.

3.Working from Home and Eye Health: 9 Ways to Optimize Your Workspace

Improving your workspace can have a surprising impact on your eye health. As many individuals have shifted to working from home, the amount of screen time has increased while outdoor and leisure activities have declined. Small shifts in daily habits have triggered an uptick in health issues such as computer vision syndrome, eye strain and dry eye. Reduced protracted focus and eye movement and ongoing screen glare can snowball into more serious chronic eye health issues over time. We’ve listed advice and tips to minimize and prevent eye strain while working from home.

4.5 Digital Technologies that Help Your Eyesight

Transformative in the field of health care in Canada, the benefits of new eyecare technology are fascinating and surprising. Read about everything from smart glasses for the blind, eye-hand coordination apps, lazy eye correction games, digital guides for the blind, and a seeing AI app for the visually impaired.

5.Weather-Induced Dry and Itchy Eyes

As temperatures and seasons fluctuate, so do moisture levels in the air, and humidity can affect more than just your hair. For many, weather changes trigger symptoms of dry eye syndrome, an uncomfortable ailment that can snowball into more serious chronic eye health problems. We’re sharing tips on dealing with the effects of seasonal dry eye, as well as prevention.

6.Physical Exercise Can Reduce Your Risk of Vision Loss

Exercise is good for our overall health, but did you know that it is considered medically beneficial for your eyes, too? Read our deep dive into the latest study from the University of Virginia, which found that exercise slows down macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

7.Your Child’s Vision Health: Learning, Screen Time, and the Outdoors

Visual acuity in children encompasses everything from focus, tracking, teaming, and perception. These skills are considered essential to the learning abilities and individual development of a child. In Canada, fewer than 14 per cent of children under the age of six have undergone medical eye exams, meaning many could be suffering from undiagnosed issues or may struggle in education because of undetermined ocular or neurological illnesses linked to vision.  

What can you do to improve your vision health?

These articles have been compiled to help you start thinking about your family’s ocular health, and while helpful, nothing is better than speaking to an eye doctor about any worries or questions you may have about your vision. Book your routine eye exam to begin the journey to prevention and vision health. Find a local FYidoctors near you.