A View On The Nation’s Eye Health: Why You Really Need Your Vision Tested

by: Dr Nigel Best

In a nation where having an eye test couldn’t be easier, more than half of us haven’t had one in the last two years, as recommended. That’s according to a new report – The State of the Nation: Eye Health 2016 – produced by RNIB and supported by Specsavers.
When asked why this should be a cause of concern, I have to highlight a shocking fact in the report. There are two million people living with sight loss in the UK, almost half of which could have been prevented with a simple eye test.
Far too many of us are just not putting the health of our eyes at the top of our wellbeing list. In fact, many people only seek out an eye test when they’ve already experienced a problem with their eyes; sadly this is often the case of ‘too little too late’.
We are also gambling our children’s futures. It’s estimated that one in five school age children have an undiagnosed vision problem and that that more than a quarter of parents with children under 16 hadn’t taken their child for an eye test before their eighth birthday. When you consider how sight plays a vital part in children’s development of language, social and cognitive skills, ensuring one of their vital senses is fully functional is, well, vital.

There is also something that many of us have probably not considered; sight loss can have a massive impact not just on our daily physical lives but our mental health too. A recent UK study found that 43% of people attending a low vision clinic met the criteria for depression; there’s more to sight loss than loss of vision.
Whilst the impact sight loss has on our and children’s physical and mental health should be paramount, the report also revealed what sight loss is costing the economy…….
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Source: Huffington Post
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