Vision Care Facts

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), 74% of private vision care expenditures were incurred by Canadians out-of-pocket, versus 37% for drugs and 44% for dental.1

71% of Canadians
cite cost as a factor2 when deciding to access vision care, which may contribute to many Canadians foregoing routine and preventative care.

A recent survey found that 90% of people reported that visual disturbances are negatively impacting their work.3

Employees with vision loss are likely to be less productive, have higher absenteeism and retire earlier than other employees.4

Vision loss cost the Canadian economy an estimated $19.1 billion per year in 2007 and this number could reach $30 billion a year by 2030.5

Canada’s ageing population have increased vision care needs. Some form of vision correction is required for 80% of those over 50 compared to 57% in the population over 20 years of age.6

The CNIB Foundation estimates productivity costs related to vision loss costs the economy
$4.4 billion annually.7

In 2016, nearly
1 million Canadians
missed work or school because of vision problems.8

Sources:

  1. Canadian Institute for Health Information. National Health Expenditure Database, 1975 to 2019, Series H. View reference

  2. Vision Critical. Canadian Council of the Blind Summary Report.

  3. Wakefield Research. Transitions Optical Employee Perceptions of Vision Benefits Arlington VA 2018. [cited November 5, 2019]. View reference.

  4. International Federation on Ageing. The High Cost of Low Vision: The Evidence on Ageing and the Loss of Sight 2013. [cited October 25]. Available from: View reference

  5. Canadian National Institute for the Blind. The Cost of Vision Loss in Canada. [updated 2009]. View reference.

  6. The National Coalition for Vision Health. Vision Loss in Canada 2011 2012. October 23, 2019 [cited October 23]. View reference

  7. Cruess AF, Gordon KD, Bellan L, Mitchell S, Pezzullo ML. The cost of vision loss in Canada. 2. Results. Can J Ophthalmol. 2011;46(4):315-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjo.2011.06.006.

  8. Canadian Association of Optometrists. The Federal Role in Eye Health and Vision Care Ottawa 2017. [updated May 4, 2017]. View reference.


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