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Is eye health a priority for you?

eye health priorityToday I was astonished to read an article stating that more than 90% of a number of British people surveyed do not think eye health is a top concern when considering their overall well-being!

Published on World Sight Day (9th October), a survey of 2000 people showed that 93% stated eye health was not a priority, despite voting sight as their most valuable sense. I don’t get it!

In addition to this, 50% admitted to failing to have their sight tested regularly!

According to a consultant ophthalmologist surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, the number of people losing their eyesight in the UK is increasing. In fact, there is concern that it is set to double to over 4 million by 2050 due to factors such as an ageing population, and increased risk of obesity and diabetes.

This makes loss of eyesight a very real problem for the British population, yet 93% of those asked, did not think it was a problem!

There are so many things in life that we take for granted. Eyesight should definitely not be one of them. We are fortunate in the UK to have access to eye health services if our sight begins to deteriorate. Perhaps this makes it less of an issue in people’s minds. But in many other countries, access to eye-care is not a given, and any loss of sight may result in loss of livelihood or worse.

A routine eye examination usually takes on average 30 minutes. Are we really so busy that we cannot take 30 minutes once a year to look after our sight?

The research mentioned above has been released by a charity called Orbis and aims to highlight the importance of eye health.

It seems like there is a lot of work still to be done.

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