In September 2016 RNIB and Specsavers joined in partnership to transform eye health in the UK. One year on, The State of the Nation Eye Health 2017: A Year in Review presents the key achievements of the partnership to date, along with new information on the incidence of sight loss and attitudes towards eye health in the UK.
Key findings from the report include:
Every day 250 people start to lose their sight in the UK
1 in 5 people will live with sight loss in their lifetime
Sight is the nation’s most precious sense by far; 10 times more people (78 per cent of people) said sight was the sense they fear losing most compared to the next most popular sense, smell (8 per cent), followed by hearing (7 per cent
Almost a quarter of people are ignoring the first signs of sight loss; despite not being able to see as well in the distance or close up as they used to, 23 per cent have not sought advice from an optician or medical professional
More than 80 per cent of people are not aware that an optician can spot the early signs of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the UK
Research suggests Brits check their teeth more often than their eyes; 42 per cent visit the dentist once every six months (equating to four times over two years) while 25 per cent of UK adults haven’t had an eye test in the past two years or at all
RNIB hosted a series of five policy roundtable discussions during 2017, in which a range of experts including patients, health professionals and commissioners came together to explore how improving delivery in eye care services can help to increase capacity. RNIB produced evidence briefings for each of the roundtables along with the notes from each of the meetings.
From Monday 18 to Sunday 24 September, charities, organisations and health professionals working in the eye health and sight loss sectors will join together to raise awareness of eye health and the importance of having regular eye tests.