Having regular eyes tests is vital if people want to ensure their vision stays in good shape, it has been advised.
According to Dr John Mastronardi, former president of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, people commonly take their eyesight for granted.He told Healthzone that people consistently rate going blind as one of their worst fears, though in spite this too few people regularly have their eye health checked.
Dr Mastronardi said that many of the conditions that can have a serious negative impact on people manifest themselves before any symptoms begin to appear.
It comes after Keith Gordon, vice president for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, highlighted the importance of identifying potential conditions early, noting that every condition responds better to treatment in its early stages, making it crucial to obtain regular eye tests.
"The impact of eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration can usually be minimised if caught early enough," Mr Gordon explained.