16.11.2015

Eye tests "not being taken" by older people

Eye tests "not being taken" by older people

Millions of older people in the UK are not going for eye tests despite being entitled to free ones in many cases, new figures have revealed.

According to research carried out by Age UK, almost two million people aged over 60 have not taken advantage of free vision tests in the last 24 months, for a number of reasons.

The biggest proportion (42 per cent) believed that there was nothing wrong with their eyes and so did not attend a test, while nine per cent had concerns about the cost of buying glasses and a further six per cent said they simply forgot to do so.

Helena Herklots, services director at Age UK, commented: "We know that there is a link between reduced vision and falls and it"s worrying that such a high number of older people have not had a sight test recently."

It comes it was recently highlighted that eye tests can help to identify a range of damaging eye conditions and even other health issues such as diabetes.

by Alexa Kaczka


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