75% of Vision Loss Cases in Canada Are Preventable
Canadians are going blind or losing vision despite the fact that we have the medicine and resources to treat them. 1
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Canadians currently living with vision loss
The estimated number of missed optometrist visits in 2021 compared to 2019
The population of Canadians living with an eye disease that can lead to blindness. 7
The expected Cost of Vision and Blindness in Canada by 2050.
We need simple, equitable solutions for all Canadians, with a special focus on youth, the elderly, and other at-risk populations. Together, we can reduce our economic burden and save the sight of countless Canadians.
This includes the costs of hospital visits, day surgeries, and services provided by ophthalmologists, optometrists or opticians, pharmaceuticals, eyewear, and other health system expenditures.
Including out of pocket expenses on elder and disability care, personal aides, equipment and home modifications. This has profound implications for individuals, communities, the economy, and our healthcare system.
Due to reduced workforce participation and productivity, additional time off work due to illness and caretaking, loss of future earnings due to premature mortality and loss of caregivers’ income.
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Making eye health and rehabilitation services a population health priority requires meaningful federal support that includes:
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SOURCE: 1 A Report Card on Vision Health in Canada: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Vision Health in Canada 2021. October 2022
SOURCE: 2 Felfeli T, Ximenes R, Naimark DMJ, Hooper PL, Campbell RJ, El-Defrawy SR, Sander B. The ophthalmic surgical backlog associated with the COVID-19 pandemic: a population-based and microsimulation modelling study. CMAJ Open. 2021 Nov 23;9(4):E1063-E1072. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20210145. PMID: 34815262; PMCID: PMC8612655.
SOURCE: 7 Deloitte. Canadian Council of The Blind. The cost of vision loss and blindness in Canada. May 2021