The Following Information about ‘Vision’, ‘Loss of Sight’ & ‘Facts about Blindness’ is sited from the CNIB Website
What does “vision loss” mean?
“Vision loss” is an inclusive term that covers all people who are blind or partially
sighted, including people who have no sight from birth, people who are legally blind
(meaning they have a best-
How many people have vision loss in Canada?
Approximately half a million Canadians are estimated to be living with significant vision loss that impacts their quality of life, and every year more than 50,000 Canadians will lose their sight. This figure includes people who have no sight from birth, people who are legally blind, as well as people with less significant vision loss.
Residents with vision loss or partial sight by province:
British Columbia: 64,546
Nova Scotia: 12,946
New Brunswick: 10,308
Newfoundland and Labrador: 6,865
Prince Edward Island: 1,982
Northwest Territories: 605
Yukon Territory: 465
Source: Calculations made by Dr. Keith Gordon, CNIB Vice President Research based on Ralf Buhrmann et al., Foundation for a Canadian Vision Health Strategy. Prepared for the National Coalition for Vision Health Jan 2007 and Statistics Canada, Population of Census Metropolitan Areas and Population by Province 2013.
What causes vision loss?
There are more than 5.5 million Canadians with a major eye disease that could cause vision loss.
Other major causes of vision loss include diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts and refractive error.
The prevalence of vision loss in Canada is expected to increase nearly 30 per cent in the next decade. Canada is facing a growing yet preventable crisis in vision health. A demographic shift caused by our aging population has led to a mounting epidemic of vision loss in Canada, as well as a growing human and resource crisis in vision health care.
The population of Canadians 65 and older is expected to double in the next 25 years. In addition, there is a growing incidence of key underlying causes of vision loss, such as obesity and diabetes. Without action, the number of people with sight problems in Canada is likely to increase dramatically. Meanwhile, a severe capacity shortage in ophthalmology is predicted, with older doctors retiring and an insufficient number of new graduates to meet the increasing demand of the aging population.
Few people realize that 75 per cent of vision loss can be treated or prevented. But without the vision health information they need, hundreds of thousands of Canadians unknowingly live with eye disease and may needlessly lose their vision.
By visiting an eye care professional regularly, we increase our chances of getting a diagnosis if we have an eye disease. The earlier the diagnosis, the greater the opportunity to minimize vision loss.
You can also help to avoid vision loss by making simple lifestyle changes like wearing
Realities of vision loss