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Eyesight sources

250 people in the UK start to lose their sight every day
https://www.rnib.org.uk/state-nation-2017

1 in 5 people will live with sight loss in their lifetime – 1 in 4 women, 1 in 8 men
https://www.rnib.org.uk/state-nation-2017

By 2050, half the world’s population (5 billion) is expected to be short-sighted compared to 1.4 billion today
https://www.raconteur.net/healthcare/myopia-global-epidemic

74% of UK adults currently either wear glasses or contact lenses, or have had laser surgery
http://www.wcb-ccd.org.uk/perspectif/library/BEH_Report_FINAL%20(1).pdf

£58 billion – The cost of vision and hearing loss to the UK economy each year
https://www.visionuk.org.uk/poor-eyesight-and-hearing-loss-costs-billions/

123 million – Work days lost across Europe each year due to eye-related absence
https://www.ecoo.info/2014/10/09/over-123-million-lost-workdays-per-year-caused-by-blindness-or-eye-diseases-according-to-new-pan-european-health-economic-study/

Eye conditions

600,000 – People a­ffected by age-related macular degeneration – the UK’s biggest cause of blindness. This is set to increase to 1.2 million in 2050
http://www.drugdiscoverytoday.com/view/47538/faulty-immune-system-linked-to-uks-leading-cause-of-blindness/

380,000 – UK adults with sight loss due to cataracts
https://www.rnib.org.uk/state-nation-2017

145,000 – UK adults aff­ected by glaucoma
https://www.rnib.org.uk/state-nation-2017

Preventative employee healthcare

On average, opticians are the first to identify:

  • High cholesterol 62% of the time
  • Diabetes 34% of the time
  • Hypertension 39% of the time

https://vsp-uk.co.uk/

Eye tests

1 in 10 British adults have never had an eye examination
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/antonia-mariconda/6-million-uk-adults-have-_b_5675754.html

14 million – UK adults ignoring the NHS-recommended two-yearly tests
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/antonia-mariconda/6-million-uk-adults-have-_b_5675754.html

23% haven’t sought advice from an optician despite not being able to see as well as they used to
https://www.rnib.org.uk/state-nation-2017

12% of UK adults haven’t had their eyes tested since childhood
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/antonia-mariconda/6-million-uk-adults-have-_b_5675754.html

Employee risk behind the wheel

£1000/6 penalty points – The fine drivers could face if caught without wearing their glasses or contact lenses when driving
https://inews.co.uk/essentials/lifestyle/cars/car-features/10-surprising-driving-offences-cost/

One in four UK drivers haven’t had a vision test in the last two years
http://www.brake.org.uk/news/1262-eyesight-aug14

One in eight UK drivers admit not visiting the optician for five years or more
http://www.brake.org.uk/news/1262-eyesight-aug14

1.5 million UK drivers have never had their eyes tested
http://www.brake.org.uk/news/1262-eyesight-aug14

20 metres – The distance drivers must be able to read a number plate from
https://www.gov.uk/driving-eyesight-rules

Diabetes

41% – Number of Brits who don’t realise diabetes is a major cause of blindness
https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/over-40-of-people-unaware-diabetes-can-lead-to-blindness

95,000 – People with diabetic retinopathy sight loss
https://www.rnib.org.uk/state-nation-2017

More than half a million diabetic people in England at risk of blindness due to not receiving their annual retinal screening
https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news_landing_page/thousands-of-people-across-the-uk-at-increased-risk-of-complications?

Smoking

Smokers are four times more likely to lose their sight than someone who has never smoked
https://www.aop.org.uk/ot/professional-support/health-services/2017/03/08/smoking-and-sight-loss-warning

Just one in five people recognise that smoking can lead to blindness
https://www.dentistry.co.uk/2019/07/02/smoking-significantly-increases-risk-developing-eye-disease/

Diet

Hot tea drinkers are 74% less likely to have glaucoma
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/892427/anti-ageing-diet-tea-blindness-glaucoma-eye-sight-vision-loss

Eating an orange every day reduces the risk of deteriorating eyesight by up to 60%
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/07/13/orange-day-slashes-risk-failing-eyesight-scientists-say/

 

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