Vision Health Month 2019

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is pleased to host a Vision Health panel and Expert Discussion.

With a rapidly ageing population, understanding the risks of acquiring an age-related vision health condition is of critical importance.  Vision Health Month is an important opportunity to highlight the importance of education and patient empowerment, as well as equitable access to safe and effective screening and treatment of eye conditions for all Canadians, but specifically older people and those most at-risk, or neglected by other mechanisms of health promotion.

Internationally renowned experts in diabetes, vision health, ageing and older people will address topics at the intersections of their field, focusing on countering misinformation and raising the profile of promoting and managing the vision health of older Canadians.  As the conversation progresses from addressing those who are at risk to combating pervasive myths rooted in stereotypes, the panel will end with a discussion around understanding and addressing the gaps in vision health knowledge and services across the country.

Open to the public and free of charge, this event will bring together leaders in the field of ageing and vision health for an interdisciplinary arm chair discussion focused on dispelling harmful myths that impact the vision health of older people nationally.


This panel discussion will take place on Tuesday 28 May 2019 at the Women’s College Hospital Auditorium.

76 Grenville Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 1B2


5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Networking Reception

6:00 pm – 7:30pm: Panel Discussion

Moderated by: Ms Laura Tamblyn Watts, National Director of Law, Policy and Research, CARP


  • Dr Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System
  • Dr Chad Andrews, Senior Manager, Research and Education, Fighting Blindness Canada
  • Dr Jan Hux, President and CEO, Diabetes Canada
  • Dr Susan Leat, Professor, University of Waterloo