Vision Problems? May is Vision Health Month
More than 836,000 Canadians have significant vision problems.
In the United States: According to Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute Diabetic Retinopathy has increased 89% over the last 15 years and Age Related Macular Degeneration has risen by 25%.
Vision Health Month raises awareness about the importance of protecting our vision health. This event is supported by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and is recognized throughout the whole of Canada.
Listen to an Interview with Dr. Allyson Tang, a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Kentucky for her Optometry externship, where she gained a stronger background in diabetic retinopathy and other ocular disease management.
Dr. Tang completed her second externship at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Optometry Department, with an emphasis on Myopia Control or research in methods to slow down progression of near-sightedness. Her special interest is in Accelerated Orthokeratology or AOK.
Topics of Discussion with Dr. Tang:
- Vision problems and prevention
- The need for Vision Health Month
- Going for regular eye checkups
- The role of genetics vs. lifestyle habits in vision problems
- Diabetic Retinopathy, AMD (Age related Macular Degeneration), cataracts, glaucoma
- Myopia Control – near sighted – reduction….Orthokeratology in children and adults
- Oxidative stress and vision problems
- UVA UVB
- Apple Night Shift
- Circadian rhythms and melatonin
- Nutrition and exercise for vision health
- The effect of technology on our eye health and potential vision problems
- Potential effects of a number of common medications on vision health
- Potential for supplementation
- Children and corrective lenses
- what to discuss with your eye doctor
- Integrating eye health into corporate wellness programs
There is much we can do for our vision health……beyond correcting vision. Listen in with Dr. Tang.