Eye health

A new survey has revealed the impact the pandemic has had on eye health. As the UK went into lockdown, everything was put on hold – including eye appointments.

Here, we look at what the recent survey revealed, and the impact COVID has had on the nation’s eye health.

What did the study find?

The new study surveyed 2000 adults in a bid to understand the nation’s current eye health. It discovered that 44% of them were worried about their eyes. Worryingly, 17% also reported that vision problems were preventing them from living their lives to the full.

Those aged 25 to 34 worry that technology is causing issues with their eyes. It is no secret that we use more technology now than ever before. During the pandemic, people spent a lot more time looking at screens. This has understandably contributed to poor eye health.

Eye strain and cataracts cases on the rise

Opticians are seeing a rise in cases of eye strain and cataracts. The recent survey showed that 19% of respondents had suffered eye strain due to spending too much time looking at screens. This is obviously something that can be prevented, but more awareness needs to be given to the dangers of too much screen time for our eyes.

The pandemic has also led to a rise in cataract cases. The condition isn’t directly linked to the pandemic, it is more that appointments have been missed, bringing down the rate of diagnosis. Those who have been diagnosed with cataracts have still faced a lengthy wait for treatment. As the NHS deals with a huge backlog, cataract patients have been left with no idea when they will get treated.

An extra £5.4 billion has been promised to NHS England to help them deal with the ongoing backlog of patients. Approximately £1.5 billion of this is going into addressing the elective surgery backlog. In the meantime, the private sector has seen a huge rise in patients looking to get their eye problems treated quickly.

The importance of looking after your eye health

Although the pandemic has made it harder for patients to get the help they need, things are slowly starting to improve. Taking care of your eyes is crucial to your overall health. This means regular eye tests are necessary to identify any potential problems early.

The private sector is now fully open and ready to welcome patients who need immediate treatment. Despite the current worries highlighted in the recent survey, 31% admitted they hadn’t undergone an eye test. Now that backlogs are starting to be cleared, it is the perfect time to book yourself in for a consultation with an eye expert to address any issues you may be experiencing.

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