Canadians and possible other nations are not taking their eye health as seriously as other aspects of physical wellbeing, it has been suggested.
Dr Keith Gordon, vice-president of research and service quality at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), believes that if people can see fine, then they do not worry about their eye health, InsideToronto.com reported.
"People don"t need to lose their eyesight unnecessarily if they"re diagnosed early enough," he added.
Dr Gordon was making his comments after an online survey from the CNIB of 648 Canadians aged 40 and above showed that 47 per cent of Canadians are failing to get regular eye exams, the news provider revealed.
Almost three-quarters (71 per cent) of respondents said they would make an appointment with their eye doctor if they experienced symptoms.
Andrew Iwach, spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, recently warned about the symptomless aspect of glaucoma, a disease which can lead to blindness and the importance of early detection.
by Martin Burns