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May is Vision Health Month

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May is Vision Health Month! Throughout the month, eye care professionals in Canada and around the world will work to raise awareness about eye health. Good eye health is important for everyone, regardless of age. In fact, we recommend that children go for their first comprehensive eye health exam at six months of age, and yearly thereafter.

What is a comprehensive eye health exam? The Canadian Association of Optometrists has an overview here. A comprehensive exam is so much more than a vision screening, and it’s important when maintaining proper eye health.

Here is a collection of our blog posts that talk about eye health.

For children’s vision and eye health:

  • It’s important for children to get regular eye health exams, especially when they’re in school. Learn why in our blog post here.
  • Myopia is a growing global epidemic, and is increasingly diagnosed in younger and younger children. Learn about it here.
  • An overview of some of the vision issues that can affect children can be found here.

For certain medical conditions:

  • How can diabetes affect your eyes? Find out here.
  • Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada. Read our overview of it here.
  • What is colour blindness? Can people who are colour blind see colours? Find out here.
  • Have you noticed your glasses prescription being a little off? Here are five possible reasons why.

For screen time and digital eye strain:

  • What is digital eye strain? Find out here.
  • Is blue light really bad for our eye health? Read our overview of blue light here.

We believe that coming in for regular eye health exams is very important. This Vision Health Month, we hope that we can also help raise awareness about the importance of proper eye health.

Written by Dr. Brent Hopfauf

Dr. Hopfauf is a born-and-raised Calgarian and one of the proud owners of Calgary Family Eye Doctors. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the University of Calgary, he headed to Ontario for the Optometry Program at the University of Waterloo. Upon graduation, Dr. Hopfauf was named Class Valedictorian. He has had the unique opportunity to further his training in ocular diseases in Houston, Texas and has studied specific conditions that include glaucoma, cataracts, dry eyes, and uveitis.
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