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Report aims to help educate the public on eye health

The Vision of Britain report by Optegra is now available in Optegra hospitals and Boots Opticians

02 Aug 2019 by Emily McCormick

Specialist eye hospital group Optegra has launched a new report that aims to educate the public about eye health.

The Vision of Britain report, which is available at Optegra facilities as well as in Boots Opticians practices across the UK, provides consumers with advice on how to read your prescription, picking frames to suit different face shapes, insight into different vision correction options, an ophthalmic terms glossary and myths around cataract surgery.

Produced following research with optometrists, GPs and consumer, the document also features information on eye test trends, diet and the impact that poor vision can have on wellbeing.

Exploring eye test trends, the research revealed that 63% of adults questioned had an eye test every two years, but of those aged between 16 and 24, 12% had never had an eye test. A total of 28% admitted to not thinking about eye tests, and 22% said they didn’t have enough time for eye tests.

The report highlights that from public research, 33% of those questioned did not realise that an eye test could detect conditions such as diabetes.

Speaking about the report, head of Optegra Eye Sciences Dr Clare O’Donnell, said: “This report provides the latest thinking on so many eye health topics, it is an interesting read for patients and professionals alike – packed with advice, and aimed to encourage individuals to really take responsibility for their vision.”

The research among optometrists found that 94% said it was vital to examine eyes when diagnosing a range of conditions, while 64% said that they “frequently” diagnose an eye condition for which the patient had no symptoms.

Dr O’Donnell added: “We hope that our message will reach a broad audience across the UK and encourage greater eye health.”

Image credit: Getty/puhhha

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