CAO in the News

October 18, 2016

Beware this Halloween! Canada’s vision health professionals warn that cosmetic contact lenses can lead to irreversible vision loss

OTTAWA (October 18, 2016) - Canada’s vision health professionals, which include optometrists, ophthalmologists, and opticians, remind Canadians to be mindful of potential risks to their eyes at this time of year when wearing cosmetic contact lenses as part of a Halloween costume. The Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS), the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) and the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) recommend that Canadians do not use non-corrective cosmetic contact lenses due to the serious and sometimes irreversible vision loss they can cause.

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September 1, 2016

CAO Recommends Eye Exams in Parents’ Back to School Routines

Gear up your child for school the right way— with a comprehensive eye exam.

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MAY 26, 2016 

CAO recognizes Dr. Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones as 2016 Vision Champion

The Canadian Association of Optometrists and its members applaud the leadership, dedication, and tireless efforts Dr. Lee Ford-Jones, who personally experienced the disadvantages of uncorrected vision problems as a young child and struggled with early learning skills until her severe near-sightedness was identified and corrected. 

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MAY 19, 2016 

Senator Percy Mockler Sees Connection Between Good Vision and Good Outcomes

May is Vision Health Month, and doctors of optometry and our colleagues in the eye care field applaud Senator Percy Mockler’s statement in the Senate calling for a non-partisan parliamentary committee to raise awareness and promote vision health from coast to coast to coast.

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OCTOBER 26, 2015

Halloween Comes Once a Year, Vision is for Life!

On October 26, 2015, In recent years cosmetic contact lenses have been a popular part of Halloween fun and while they can add dramatic flair, they can also pose a risk.

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JULY 30, 2015

Health Canada Strengthens Safety Standards for Cosmetic Contacts

On July 29, 2015, Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose, announced that Health Canada is proceeding with regulations that will require identical safety standards for non-corrective (cosmetic) contact lenses as prescription/corrective contact lenses.  

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Read the full government Press release here.

MAY 19, 2015

Cataracts surgery in Canada: What you need to know according to the Canadian Journal of Optometry

A supplement to the June issue of the Canadian Journal of Optometry will feature the latest information on cataracts and cataract surgery.

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APRIL 30, 2015

Canadian Doctors of Optometry recognize Pat Davidson, M.P., with the 2015 Vision Champion Award

The inaugural 2015 Vision Champion Award has been awarded to Pat Davidson, M.P. (Sarnia – Lambton) for her tireless commitment toward protecting the eye care and vision health of all Canadians. 

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NOVEMBER 12, 2014

Open Your Eyes to the Risks and Effects of Diabetes

While many people know about the challenges related to insulin and high blood sugar not everyone is as aware of the damaging effects that diabetes can have on your vision and eye health.

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OCTOBER 27, 2014

The Cost of Children’s Vision Loss

Better eye health for children hinges on increased awareness. Despite Canada’s wealth and robust health care system, it is estimated that nearly 25% of school-age children have vision problems.

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OCTOBER 27, 2014

The Really Scary Stuff at Halloween – Eye Safety

Over the last few years decorative contact lenses have become a popular part of Halloween costumes. Although their effects can be startling, their impact on your eyes can be horrific.

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OCTOBER 20, 2014

Statement in House of Commons by M.P.

On Monday, October 20, 2014, Mr. John Rafferty, M.P. (Thunder Bay—Rainy River, NDP) made a statement in the House of Commons supporting comprehensive eye exams prior to starting school and a national public education campaign.

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OCTOBER 18, 2014

Government advances measures to make cosmetic contact lenses safer

Today, in a move widely supported by optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced that Health Canada will be consulting on new guidance for industry that will lead to non-corrective or ‘cosmetic’ contact lenses being regulated as medical devices.

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JULY 25, 2014

CNIB Online Referral Form
CNIB is pleased to announce a new online form developed in consultation with a sample group of eye doctors that simplifies the process of making a referral for our services. Many doctors have asked us for a user-friendly system that increases efficiency and provides optimal patient care.

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JUNE, 2014

RCMP Corrections to previously released bulletin regarding Program of Choice (POC) 14 – Vision (Eye) Care
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) wishes to advise you of some corrections to the bulletin that was sent to you in December 2013 with regards to policy changes under Program of Choice (POC) 14 – Vision (Eye) Care.

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MAY 5 , 2014

Canadian Doctors of Optometry applaud the creation of Vision Health Month

Canadian Doctors of Optometry are pleased to see official recognition of May as Vision Health Month, a perfect way to highlight the importance of healthy eyes.

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