9 August 2016
A new study from the US has highlighted the widespread concerns people of all backgrounds have about their vision health.
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore analysed the results of an online poll of 2,044 US adults to understand the importance and awareness of eye health across the population.
It was shown that 88 per cent of those polled said they believed that good vision is vital to overall health, while 47 percent rated losing their vision as the worst possible health outcome - equal to or worse than losing their hearing, memory, speech or a limb.
When asked about various possible consequences of vision loss, quality of life ranked as the top concern, followed by loss of independence. These concerns were reflected across all of the ethnic and racial groups polled.
It was also shown that although the majority of respondents correctly identified sunlight and family heritage as risk factors for losing vision, only half were aware of the potential impact smoking can have.
The authors said: "The consistency of these findings among the varying ethnic/racial groups underscores the importance of educating the public on eye health and mobilising public support for vision research."
Posted by Edward Bartel
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