Enjoy the Sun Responsibly: The Canadian Ophthalmological Society is reminding Canadians to protect their eyes during this UV Safety Awareness Month

A survey shows that Canadians wear too few sunglasses, which can increase the risk of cataracts.

TORONTO, July 6, 2022 /CNW/ — Many Canadians love to bask in the sun during the long-awaited summer months, but they don’t take enough precautions to protect their eyes from the harmful UV rays that cause cataracts can, one of the four main eye diseases. Just in time for UV Safety Awareness Month, a survey conducted jointly by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society and the Canadian Association of Optometrists shows that just under two-thirds of Canadians wear sunglasses during the day on sunny days (64%) or regularly during the summer months (63%) and only 33% wear them all year round. Left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness.

“It’s important to protect our eyes from harmful UV rays year-round to reduce the risk of future cataract development,” says Dr. Phil Hooper, President of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. Although this eye disease is most common in people over 60, young people remain at risk. If you take the necessary precautions now, you can only reduce the risk of developing this eye disease later. »

The survey also shows that younger Canadians may not be taking enough precautions to protect their eyes from harmful UV rays. Only a third of respondents say their children regularly wear sunglasses on sunny days (33%) or during the summer months (32%) and only 13% say their children wear them on cloudy days, despite UV Rays are always present.

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye that focuses light at the back of the eye and blurs your vision. Cataracts usually develop slowly and cause a gradual, painless decrease in vision. Some of the visual disturbances that cataracts can cause include: blurred vision, reflections (especially at night), frequent changing of prescription glasses, decreased color intensity, or yellowing of images.

More than 2.5 million people in Canada suffer from cataracts, and although this eye disease is most common in people over 60, changes in the lens usually begin around the age of 40. . To determine if you have cataracts, your eye doctor will ask you questions about your medical history and the symptoms you are having. He or she will also perform an eye exam and run some tests:

visual acuity test: With this test, your eye doctor can determine whether your vision has deteriorated. You will be asked to look at a board with letters of different sizes. The test is performed on one eye at a time, with the other eye covered.

Slit lamp examination: Using a slit lamp, your eye doctor can look closely at different parts of your eye (the cornea, iris, and lens) to look for problems. This device is called a “slit lamp” because it uses a bright line of light to illuminate different parts of your eye.

To learn more about the risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts, and the other four eye diseases, visit seepossibilities.ca.

Publication of the Health Index: 06/07/2022 – Number of visits since publication: 185

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