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Ontario Faces Crisis as Millions of Eye Exams in Jeopardy

15 Jun 2020

Ontario's optometrists are launching an urgent appeal to the Ontario government to end the 30-year neglect in funding for eye care. This chronic underfunding, coupled with the devastating impact of COVID-19 on optometrists' ability to see patients, threatens Ontarians' access to these essential health services.

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Ontario Optometrists Remain Open for Urgent Care during COVID-19

20 Apr 2020

April 20, 2020 – During these challenging times, optometrists are still here to take care of your urgent eye and vision issues. “Last month, the Ontario Government declared optometrists providing emergency care to be an essential workplace,” says Dr. Joshua C. Smith, President of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO). “Since...

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Do your eyes a favor and add an eye exam to your New Year’s resolution list! Optometrists ask Ontarians to be seen in 2020

08 Jan 2020

January 8, 2020 – Booking an eye exam with an optometrist is a simple resolution that’s easy to keep and can help protect not only your vision, but your overall health and wellness too. “Many people think of eye exams as a vision check to see if glasses or contact lenses...

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Optometrists Play a Significant Role in Fall Prevention in Older Adults: Seniors with Low Vision Twice as likely to Fall

28 Oct 2019

October 28, 2019 – Although there are many factors that can cause a fall, vision loss is often the primary cause. Even the smallest change in a person’s vision can increase the risk of a fall, especially in seniors. “Seniors with visual impairment are twice as likely to fall,” says Dr. Joshua...

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Connor’s story: Three eye conditions at three years old

25 Oct 2019

How do children at the age of three see the world? Everyone must seem extremely tall and everything so far out of reach. But what if everything was out of focus or looked like a fun-house mirror? This was Connor’s reality.

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Ontario’s Optometrists Remind Parents to Add an ‘Eye Exam’ to Back to School Checklists

15 Oct 2019

In 2017-18, only 14 per cent of children in Ontario had an eye exam before starting school To help children start the new school year off right, parents need to have an eye exam at the top of the ‘back-to-school’ checklist. “Up to 80 per cent of classroom learning is...

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Optometrists Warn Ontarians of the Scary Health Risks of Wearing Halloween Cosmetic Contact Lenses

15 Oct 2019

Every year at Halloween there is a rush of people looking to add a spooky finishing touch to their costume by wearing cosmetic contact lenses. However, few know of the serious effects they can have on your eyes – haunting you long after October 31. People often believe that cosmetic...

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Optometrists Tell Ontarians to Stop Making “Eyescuses”

08 May 2019

You may notice something different on your next Go train ride or when grabbing your morning coffee at Tim Hortons. This May for Vision Health Month, the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) is launching its Eyescuses campaign which calls on Ontarians to stop making excuses and to book an eye...

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