Age-Related Vision Loss (ARVL): Just the Facts

Dates: 2005 - 2008
Funder: Population Health Fund, Public Health Agency of Canada, Government of Canada
Contact: Research Administration Coordinator, CNIB Research, Tel: 416-486-2500 x7727, Email: research@cnib.ca

Description:
Currently, one in every nine Canadians over age 65 is living with significant vision loss. As Canada's "baby boomer" generation ages, that number is expected to increase dramatically over the next 10 years - and with it the need for quality vision-assessment and rehabilitation services.

Based on a 2004 CNIB pilot project entitled 'the Impact of Health Policy Gaps on Low Vision Services in Canada,' ARVL is a two-pronged study aimed ultimately at providing seniors with the best possible tools and information to manage their own vision health.

This will be accomplished in two ways:

  1. By increasing public education and awareness about age-related vision loss, and about the need for rehabilitation; and
  2. By informing healthcare professionals - including ophthalmologists, optometrists and family physicians - about the importance of referring their clients to low-vision services in a timely manner.

The project's activities include:

  • An evaluation of the various vision rehabilitation services available in Canada, and the ways in which service is provided
  • Production of a bilingual information booklet for seniors about age-related vision loss and vision rehabilitation. The booklet will be made available in large print and audio formats.
  • Creation of a national vision health network of professionals and seniors
  • Delivery of 50 information workshops for seniors nationwide
  • Presentation at seven major national professional conferences
  • Insertion of patient information into software packages to be distributed in doctors' and hospital waiting rooms
  • Public media launch at Vision 2008