Nearly fifty per cent of Ontarians don’t see their eye health as a priority

Disconcerting new survey information commissioned by the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) shows that only 1 in 2 Ontarians (54%) reported that they have visited an optometrist within the past 12 months. With Vision Health Month upon us, OAO is calling on all Ontarians to make their eye health a priority by booking regular, comprehensive eye exams with an optometrist.

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Ontario Budget 2017: Government Investing $15M in Optometry

On April 27, the Minister of Finance delivered the government’s 2017 budget, stating that the government is “investing $15M to increase the availability of insured optometry services." 

To read the full 2017 budget, visit: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2017/index.html

For more information, please contact:

Jeffrey Guthrie, OD
OAO President


Early detection key in preventing permanent vision loss from diabetes

 As part of World Diabetes Day, the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) wants Ontarians to get their eyes checked.

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The Ontario Association of Optometrists elects new president

The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce the election of Dr. Jeffrey Guthrie as President of the association, effective Nov. 7, 2016.

Having served as an OAO board member since 2013 and OAO Vice-President since 2014, Dr. Guthrie is well-versed in the challenges and opportunities facing the optometric profession, and will now lead the association in its work for a two-year term ending Nov. 1, 2018.

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Children’s Vision Month highlights the role of vision in education

Here’s an eye opener: One Ontario student in four has an undetected vision problem that can significantly impact his or her ability to learn. With October being Children’s Vision Month, make your child’s vision a priority by booking a comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist.

“Eighty per cent of learning is done through vision,” says Dr. Jeff Goodhew, President of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO). “Vision problems that go undetected can often cause difficulties with literacy. Not only that, but vision problems can result in behavioural issues that can be misdiagnosed as ADHD, rather than a vision problem that can be identified and treated by an optometrist.”

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