A new study reveals a troubling trend concerning eye care in Great Britain. Results from a survey put out by Optegra Eye Sciences suggested that 10 million Britons could be putting themselves at risk for serious sight loss. The unfortunate part about this study is the fact that most Brits could avoid these visual problems if they simply schedule annual eye exams.
Researchers involved in this study asked 2,000 U.K. residents questions about their eye care practices. They found that one in ten participants needed some kind of eye care treatment even though they initially said their eyesight was "fine." Amazingly, one in four respondents said they thought wearing glasses would have a negative effect on their vision.
This study also found that 50 percent of U.K. patients who go to the eye doctor for the first time need some form of vision correction treatment. Unfortunately, 15 percent of these patients will have an eye disease that has advanced to such a late stage that it has become inoperable.
Despite respondents' general lack of eye care knowledge, they all seemed to value their eye health a great deal. 60 percent of participants said vision was the most important of the five senses, and 82 percent said they would like 20:20 vision if possible.
If Brits truly want to get close to 20:20 vision, the Optegra report suggests going in for routine eye exam once every two years. Dr. Clare O'Donnell, the current head of Optegra, said that giving up 30 minutes every two years is a very small sacrifice to potentially save a patient from blindness.
Optegra's findings were released in 20-page report entitled Vision of Britain. In addition to the survey results, this report contains interesting information about various eye conditions, eye care myths, and common visual problems in children.
Anyone can download the 2017 Vision of Britain report online or request a physical copy by mail.
Just a few of the most common eye diseases in the U.K. include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. Many of these potentially blinding diseases show no visual symptoms until they are in their later stages. The only way eye doctors can diagnose these diseases early on is to go through an annual visual screening. While most of these diseases have no "cures," doctors can help slow down the disease's progress with medications and laser surgeries if they catch the disease early on.
Optegra Eye Health Care has many offices all across the U.K. Just a few cities people can find an Optegra eye clinic in include London, Birmingham, Hampshire, Yorkshire, and Leeds. Some of the services offered at Optegra's clinics include laser eye surgery, cataract surgery, and lens replacement surgery. Optegra's home office is in Surrey Research Park in Guildford, Surrey.