Common Eye Conditions and Role of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society

Annual eye exams are one thing I never ever miss.

Common Eye Conditions and Role of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society

Without our vision at it’s best, general way of life is drastically altered. It’s unfortunately something you might not think about until faced with an issue.

So what happens when vision health isn’t up to par, and there is an issue that needs further correction? That’s where an Ophthalmologist comes in. Do you know the role they play in vision care?

See The Possibilities is a public awareness campaign which educates Canadians on the important role that ophthalmologists play, and the transformative effects they can have on our daily lives.

While other eye health professionals can correct vision, only ophthalmologists can restore it.

As an example, watch Laura’s Story below, and how an Ophthalmologist corrected her Strabismus {lazy eye}. It was a condition that she had dealt with since childhood, and one which she wanted to have fixed as she moved into adulthood. It was thanks to an Ophthalmologist that she now has a new look on life.


Strabismus is just one eye condition which impacts the heath of the eyes and how one sees. Specialists in eye and vision care, Ophthalmologists diagnose and treat all eye diseases, perform surgeries and prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems.

Yet Strabismus is just one example. Here are others:

Common Eye Conditions


More than 2.5 million Canadians have cataracts – and they are cloudy blocks that develop as your lens harden with age. Cataracts can be removed and your vision can be restored with surgery. More than 95 per cent of patients have improved vision after surgery.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Estimated half a million Canadians have diabetic retinopathy whereas high levels of blood sugar (glucose) cause damage to blood vessels in the eye. Diabetic retinopathy often goes unnoticed until vision loss occurs. This is why it’s critical for people living with diabetes to see their eye doctor regularly for comprehensive eye exams.


This is the second most common cause of vision loss in Canadian seniors, and more than 250,000 Canadians have chronic open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of the disease. It involves damage to the optic nerve most often caused by high pressure inside the eye due to a build up of excess fluid, and can lead to the loss of peripheral vision. Risk factors include elevated pressure in the eye, family history, age (after 40 and after 60), ethnicity, myopia and diabetes


Ophthalmologists can diagnose and treat these common eye conditions, along with many more. Since ophthalmologists are the primary point of care for eye emergencies, one is always on-call 24 hours a day, every day at any Canadian hospital.

For more transformative effects that ophthalmologists have on the lives of their patients, along with new and interesting innovations in the field – check out

If you have your own story or experience on having your eyesight restored or improved – share yours there as well.



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, yet as always all opinions are my own.




  1. Lots of great info here. I take my eye health very seriously, as we all should! Macular degeneration runs in my family so it’s something I’m very aware of.

  2. Thanks for the reminder that we do need to be proactive and take care of our eye health.

  3. Very common eye problems, lots of people don’t know they have them! Lots of them come with age and affects almost everyone.

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