Uncorrected refractive error is the leading cause of visual impairment in the world. In Canada there are potentially 2 million people with visual impairment that could be corrected by simply wearing glasses or contact lenses. This number will double in the next 20 years due to Canada’s rapidly ageing population. Visual impairment can seriously affect quality of life. People with vision problems are more likely to fall, have a higher risk of fractures and other injuries, and they may be more likely to limit or stop driving. Visual impairment is also an independent risk factor for increased mortality in older persons.
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