27.02.2012

Brits failing to have biennial eye tests, report shows

Brits failing to have biennial eye tests, report shows

By Alexa Kaczka

Many people may be compromising their vision by walking around with glasses or contact lenses that are the incorrect prescription, according to a new report into a new poll about eye test frequency.

The survey, carried out by YouGov as part of its SixthSense research, shows that nearly a third of all UK adults have failed to have an eye test in the past two years, in spite of the well-publicised benefits of biennial testing.

Overall, 2,102 British adults aged 16 and over were questioned about their eye exam habits, with the results revealing that 31 per cent of all UK adults have failed to have an eye test in the past two years.

Of those who have failed to schedule an eye test, 21 per cent say that they did not realise that they should have their eyes tested at least every 24 months.

The survey found that 26 per cent of people are aware of the need for a biennial eye exam, but have not found the time to arrange one, while 23 per cent say that they only ever get their eyes tested when they feel like they need to.

Furthermore, the poll revealed that 14 per cent of people say that are delaying an appointment because they cannot afford the perceived cost of doing so, even though it can often be inexpensive to have eye test and buy vision correction equipment.

It comes after the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Action for Blind People recently joined forces to support the Great Big Eye Check, which persuades people to pay regular visits to their opticians in order to have their vision checked out.

According to the vision organisations, people need to undergo eye tests more regularly in order to avoid the risk of eye problems and help to combat the onset of blindness.

by Martin Burns


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