Are you doing everything you can for your vision health and safety?

5/1/2015

St John’s – May 01, 2015: Most of us are aware of the things we need to do to protect our overall health – from going for regular checkups to exercising and eating healthy. But many people don’t know that the same is true for the health of our eyes.

A recent CNIB study reported that among Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who hadn’t had an eye exam in the past two years, more than half said the reason was they believed they have good vision. But many serious eye diseases that can cause vision loss have no symptoms.

That’s why it’s so important to be in the know about your vision health and safety. May is Vision Health Month, and CNIB Newfoundland and Labrador are calling on people of the province to keep vision health top of mind and to protect their vision at work, at play and at home.

“The fact that more than a quarter of Canadians don’t believe that regular eye exams have a major impact on reducing the risk of vision loss is shocking,” said Debbie Ryan, Vision Health Promotion Specialist, CNIB.  “It’s critical we do everything we can to protect our sight and that of our loved ones, and that starts with an eye exam.”

Making sure we are doing all the things that are important in maintaining and protecting our vision should be as much a priority as our heart health.

CNIB partners with eye health and occupational health and safety professionals to share our collective knowledge” says Ryan. “Organizations like Prevention Services at Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation (WHSCC) and Husky Energy fund programs that allow us to do that.

It’s also important that we realize that every day, we are placing our sight at risk and not really understanding how.

As we age, the risk of developing eye diseases increases. After age 40, the number of cases of blindness or partial sight in Canada doubles. At 75, it triples. Seniors over 65 years old should have annual eye exams and be on the lookout for signs of vision problems. At work, At home and at play, we need to take personal responsibility for our eyes by wearing personal protective eyewear. It’s the best investment you can make in the your own future and the future of your family.

Visit cnib.ca and click on your eyes or call our helpline to book a workshop. 1-800-563-2642.

About Vision Health Month

Vision Health Month is an awareness campaign designed to educate the people of all ages in Newfoundland and Labrador about their vision health and safety in eliminating avoidable sight loss across. Throughout the month of May, CNIB is calling on all Canadians to protect your sight.

About CNIB

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a voice to ensure individuals who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.  For more information, visit www.cnib.ca.

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