Mother learns son living with eye disease for more than 15 years 

After coming home from her son’s eye exam, Martine Piraino rushed to the computer. Hoping to find a success story, she typed Keratoconus into the search engine and began reading the results. Panic washed over her. The words no cure, depression and transplant plastered the screen. The seriousness seeped in: her son had an eye disease, and if nothing was done he would go blind. 

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Ageing: A process without vision loss

Many believe vision loss is an inevitable part of ageing, with very few strategies available for prevention and treatment. In fact, one in three Ontarians will have some form of vision-threatening eye disease by age 65, and one in nine seniors will experience irreversible vision loss. This is a shocking statistic, considering 80 per cent of vision loss is preventable. 

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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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