Protect Your Peepers!

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

In September 2016, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we encouraged all Canadians to Protect Your Peepers! This message continues to be important, which is why we urge you:

Schedule an appointment for your family to visit an optometrist today!

News Alert: April 27, 2017: Patient Spotlight: How an Eye Exam Saved a Life. Read more in this Canadian article.
News Alert: September 15, 2016: Trip to the optican saves life of girl, 13. This article was published in the United Kingdom, so not all the information contained in the article is relevant to Canada (please see below for Canadian links) but the message is clear: Protect Your Peepers!
Did you know: Only 14% of children under 6 years of age receive professional eye care

Children's Eye Exam SymbolsEye exams are available for children who cannot read. In fact: "Doctors of Optometry recommend infants have their first eye exam at six months of age and then annually after that. A doctor of optometry can complete an eye exam even if your child doesn’t know their ABC’s. A doctor of optometry can use shapes, pictures and other child-friendly ways to evaluate vision and eye health."

According to this website: In many cases, eye exams are covered by the provincial government, particularly for children and seniors. Please contact your local optometrist or provincial health authority if you have any questions.

Did you know: One of the health conditions that a qualified optometrist can detect are brain tumours.

A comprehensive eye exam can uncover more than just bad eyesight, it could save your life. Even with good vision, eye exams can help detect eye diseases and underlying conditions that may show signs in the eyes including tumours, aneurysms, autoimmune disorders, thyroid disease, sickle cell disease, liver disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological or brain disorders.

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is currently funding research to look at a new way of assessing the eyesight of children with Optic Pathway Glioma. As with all our research, we are hoping for positive news that will transfer to benefits for all brain tumour patients.  The mid-term report on this research has just been uploaded, find out more.

We hope that this information will encourage you to book appointments for your family! Don't know where to start? Find a Doctor of Optometry near you.

 

Protect Your PeepersProtect your Peepers! is an initiative from Monkey Crew Against D.I.P.G., a non-profit Childhood Brainstem Cancer Awareness Organization set up in memory of Sevanah. From Sevanah's story:

"After being diagnosed with DIPG Sevanah declared, “When I get better we can help other kids with DIPG!” Sevanah’s thoughtful, kind nature and her desire to help other children is the driving force behind her family’s crusade against DIPG and a search for a cure. “The Monkey Crew Against DIPG” is our DIPG awareness campaign for a special girl with a heart of gold, forever missed." Read more of Sevanah's story here

  

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