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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The Ontario Association of Optometrists elects new president

The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce the election of Dr. Jeffrey Guthrie as President of the association, effective Nov. 7, 2016.

Having served as an OAO board member since 2013 and OAO Vice-President since 2014, Dr. Guthrie is well-versed in the challenges and opportunities facing the optometric profession, and will now lead the association in its work for a two-year term ending Nov. 1, 2018.

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Children’s Vision Month highlights the role of vision in education

Here’s an eye opener: One Ontario student in four has an undetected vision problem that can significantly impact his or her ability to learn. With October being Children’s Vision Month, make your child’s vision a priority by booking a comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist.

“Eighty per cent of learning is done through vision,” says Dr. Jeff Goodhew, President of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO). “Vision problems that go undetected can often cause difficulties with literacy. Not only that, but vision problems can result in behavioural issues that can be misdiagnosed as ADHD, rather than a vision problem that can be identified and treated by an optometrist.”

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Ontario parents turn a blind eye to children’s eye health

Eye health ranked among the lowest health concerns parents have for their children

A recent survey conducted on behalf of the Canadian Association of Optometrists found that Ontario parents rank child eye health as one of their lowest health priorities, with only 27 per cent choosing it as one of their top three concerns. 

“It is particularly concerning because eye health is such an important part of a child’s overall health and development,” says Dr. Jeff Goodhew, President of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO). 

The survey revealed that almost three-quarters of Ontario’s parents are unaware that vision problems can cause speech difficulties, nearly two-third are unaware that they can lead to developmental delays, and half of parents do not realize that a vision problem may be the cause of short attention spans in children.

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Pilot project ensures kids are ready to learn

Paisley Road Public School can now rest assured that their kindergarten students are ready to learn, due to their participation in a pilot project that treated 52 students with an identified vision problem that might have significantly impacted their learning.

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