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COS study says 71 percent of Canadians experience one or more symptoms regarding vision

This is Vision Health Month and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society has some warnings and advice on how to address your vision concerns.

A recent study by the COS shows that in the past two years, 71 per cent of Canadians have experienced one or more concerning symptoms regarding their eyes or vision.

Dr. Phil Hooper, President of the Society, shares those concerns here.

“The top concerns were too much screen time, over half the people responded with that as a concern. Exposure to UV and sunlight was about the same at 53 percent and environmental factors such as wildfires and that varied a little bit depending on where in the country you were.”

Symptoms of vision issues include dry, itchy and irritated eyes, headaches, eye strain, and blurry vision.

Hooper recommends taking breaks from screens every 20 minutes or so, to use lubricating drops to alleviate dry-eye symptoms, and to wear sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays.

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