Message from the Minister of Health - Vision Health Month


May is Vision Health Month, an opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of reminding all Canadians to take action to prevent avoidable sight loss, including getting our eyes checked regularly.

Good vision is a critical building block in child health. For children, vision loss can have a negative impact on their development and learning. For other Canadians, including seniors, vision loss can make it more difficult and costly to live independently.

75% of vision loss can be prevented through simple measures. A comprehensive eye exam does more than test your vision; it can also detect symptoms of severe diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, brain tumours, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cancer.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that adults under 65 have an eye exam every two years while people over 65 should have their eyes examined every year. As for children, they should have their first eye exam between 6 and 9 months and school-aged children should have an eye exam annually.

This Vision Health Month, I encourage Canadians to learn more about how they can protect their eyesight.

The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health

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