18.04.2012

Losing eyesight remains a major concern

Losing eyesight remains a major concern

By Alexa Kaczka

The deterioration of vision remains the second biggest concern for people as they grow older, according to a new survey.

Research carried out by the Luxury Institute, in conjunction with the skincare brand ReVive, asked people about their attitudes on aging and what they have done to make themselves feel younger in the last few years.

As with previous surveys, the main concern among those questioned was the loss of their memory - a major worry for 59 per cent of respondents.

However, loss of vision was close behind, with 54 per cent of people citing this as their biggest fear as they grow older, even more so than weight management, which was a concern for 53 per cent of those polled.

Despite this, 78 per cent of people say that a person is "only as old as they feel," and 71 per cent say that "age is just a number", noting that products such as contact lenses can help to keep their vision sharp even as they advance in years.

Although ageing cannot be helped, 58 per cent of respondents identified a youthful appearance as important in achieving professional success, while 68 per cent say that there is more pressure to appear youthful than there was in prior generations.

The tendency to obsess on the effects of ageing decreases with age, and is significantly more pronounced in women, with females more than twice as likely as men to have bought products which help to keep ageing at bay.

A previous study carried out by Sight Care Group, a membership organisation for independent opticians, found that 7.5 million women in the UK are aware that their vision is less than 100 per cent but refuse to entertain the possibility of wearing glasses.

According to the respondents, they felt that wearing glasses made them look older than using contact lenses.

by Emily Tait


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