From this article you can see that chronic eye disease’s are on the rise in Canada and in all countries. We need to be more proactive with our eye health by having a dilated eye exam at least once a year.-MDA

Canada urged to do more for eye health

By Leslie Shepherd –
Canada may be a high-income country with universal health care, but many Canadians have unmet eye health needs that will grow with the aging population, according to an editorial published today in The Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.

The editorial is a call to action for Canada to do more to implement the 2014 World Health Organization’s global action plan for universal health care. Canada was one of 194 countries that endorsed the Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment.

The editorial was written by Dr. Neeru Gupta, an ophthalmologist at St. Michael’s Hospital and a scientist in its Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Ivo Kocur, the WHO’s medical officer for the prevention of blindness.
Dr. Gupta noted that approximately 4 million Canada adults have at least one of the leading eye diseases: age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Within the next 20 years, the number of Canadians with vision loss from the three major chronic eye diseases, macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy will double, even though 75 per cent of vision loss is preventable.
She said 1 million Canadians have some form of macular degeneration (damage to the macula, a small spot near the centre of the retina that they eye needs for sharp, central vision). That’s more than the number of Canadians who have breast or prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease combined.
Vision loss has the highest direct health care cost in Canada ($15.8 billion a year), …
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source: Health Canal