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Vision loss in Canada

(NC) CNIB, Canada's leading resource for people who are blind or partially sighted, has launched a new campaign to educate Canadians about preventing vision loss. Did you know:

Five Canadians start to lose their sight every hour.

Most major eye diseases are age-related. As our population gets older, more people are at risk.

75 per cent of vision loss can be prevented or treated if detected early.

Age-related macular degeneration affects about 1.4 million Canadians, with about 90,000 experiencing vision loss.

About 60,000 Canadians with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes have vision loss from diabetic macular edema.

To detect problems early, Canadians should have their eyes examined regularly, particularly as they get older or if they have diabetes.

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