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The 20/20 Myth – An Eye Doctor Explains

Have you been told that you see 20/20 and because of this you’ve been postponing your regular eye doctor visits? If so, you should keep reading. The 20/20 myth is costing people their sight.

You may even have told someone that you have “20/20” vision thinking this means your eyes are in tip-top shape. Seeing 20/20 has been the vision standard set for good or normal vision. But, this simply means you can see an object 20 feet away.


  • 20/20 vision doesn’t mean your eyes are healthy.
  • Every 12 minutes, someone in Canada loses their eyesight.
  • Over the next 25 years, we expect to double the number of Canadians suffering from severe vision loss.
  • 27% of people wait over 5 years between eye exams.

Make Eye Exams Part Of Your Healthcare Routine

There is nothing more essential to your life than your vision. Eye disease can be present even though vision is 20/20 and is often painless without symptoms until the end stages of the disease. Seeing your eye doctor regularly can help spot a number of potentially serious conditions that could help save your sight and possibly your life.

Think of your eye exam like a physical for your eyes. Many people are surprised when I tell them that they should see their family doctor regarding a particular health problem that was noted during their eye exam. The tests and procedures done help us look at the overall health of your eyes and visual system, and can help detect these conditions before other physical effects can be noticed.

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See A Saskatoon Optometrist For An Eye Exam.

Vision is at the core of our human experience. Seeing an optometrist regularly is more than seeing 20/20 or getting glasses. It is essential to protecting the quality of our daily lives and our family memories.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommend an eye exam:

  • CHILDREN – First one at 6-9 months & again at 2-5 yrs, annually thereafter
  • ADULTS – Every 2 years
  • Over 65 – Annually
  • Diabetics – Annually
  • Contact Lens Wears – Annually

Keep seeing!