OAO Stories

Five ways to be EYE safe on Family Day

When planning your Family Day winter activities, be sure to think about the safety of your family’s eyes. Whether you are hitting the ski slopes, skating outdoors or building a snowman together, we want to ensure your eyes are well protected.
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Matteo & Martine’s story: Don’t wait until it’s too late to get your child’s eyes checked

Martine Piraino, a mother of three, admits that annual eye exams for her children was never a top priority. It was not until her son, Matteo, was diagnosed with Keratoconus that she realized the importance of eye health and regular comprehensive eye
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Connor’s story: Three eye conditions at three years old

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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Poor vision affects your child more than you know

We’ve heard it before; an undetected vision or eye health problem can affect a child’s academic performance. However, you might not have heard it can also affect a child’s behaviour and social skills.
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The not-so-secret weapon of diabetes management

There’s no denying physicians and dietitians play critical roles in caring for people living with diabetes. But there’s a not-so-secret weapon patients often overlook - their optometrist.
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Fall prevention: How your optometrist can help

When seniors lose their ability to see – either suddenly or over time – it deeply alters their ability to stay independent. Many times, vision loss leads to declining health, disability, institutionalization, and – you guessed it – frequent falls.
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Eye care for everyone: Accessible eye care for children with special needs

Comprehensive eye exams for children with special needs may seem like a daunting process, but the end result is knowing that the child has received the eye care he or she requires.
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Seeing is succeeding

Today’s children are equipped with resources and learning materials older generations would never have fathomed. Still, with all these tools at their disposal, some children inexplicably fall behind.
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Is your child really ready to learn?

The back-to-school season is a great opportunity to think about how a child sees the world. With 80 per cent of classroom learning being visual, the importance of good vision can't be overlooked.
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Mother learns son living with eye disease for more than 15 years

After coming home from her son's eye exam, Martine Piraino rushed to the computer. Hoping to find a success story, she typed Keratoconus into the search engine and began reading the results. Panic washed over her.
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Ageing: A process without vision loss

While one in three Ontarians will have some form of vision-threatening eye disease by age 65, and one in nine seniors will experience irreversible vision loss, the reality is that 80 per cent of vision loss is preventable.
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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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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.
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Best starts in school start with an eye exam: Stephanie's story

How well can your child see? It's an important question, and one you should answer before the start of school.
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Life threatening problems may hide in your child's vision

Sarah Slingsby wishes she could properly see the 3D movie that will be on the Cineplex screens after her new one minute public service commercial.
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Will Your Child Be Ready For School?

New shoes for gym? CHECK, New backpack for books? CHECK, eye exam to read and learn? CHECK. This year don't overlook the most important back to school readiness decision that can help your child cope with the challenges of learning.
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