Some 86 per cent of people would rather lose any other of their senses than their sight, recent research has shown.
According to the organisers of National Eye Health Week, regardless of this great fear of sight loss, nearly a fifth of people have not had an eye examination in the last five years.
Four in ten said this was because they have not experienced any problems that they feel would warrant an eye test.
A quarter, on the other hand, said that they simply do not think eye exams are necessary, while 18 per cent put off having their eyes tested because they are worried about the cost.
The research also shows that only a third of respondents are aware that the optical industry recommends people should have an eye examination every two years.
by Adrian Galbreth