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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Meeting the Eye Health and Vision Care Needs of Canadians: A Workforce Analysis

AUTHOR:

Canadian Association of Optometrists

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

Canadian Association of Optometrists

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2018

PUBLICATION:

Canadian Association of Optometrists

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The future of eye health and vision care in Canada is of concern.

  • Vision loss is the most feared disability for Canadians (69%).

  • The prevalence of vision loss in Canada is expected to increase nearly 30% in the next decade.

  • Vision loss has the highest direct health care costs of any disease.

  • The financial burden of vision loss is expected to double, reaching $30.3 billion by 2032.

  • The time to act is now, given that over 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable.