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Britain’s aging workforce being urged to make eye health a priority or risk their ability to work.

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More than two-thirds of adults (65%) admit they worry about losing their sight, yet still fail to have regular sight tests (every two years, as recommended by the College of Optometrists).

It is one of the biggest concerns about growing old, and Britain’s aging workforce are being urged to make eye health a priority or risk their ability to work.

The warning comes from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), which says that glaucoma and cataracts could significantly prevent the record number of over 65s in employment from doing their jobs effectively. They say the rate of sight loss among people aged 65-69 is 87% higher compared to people aged 60-64 years.

Latest RNIB and Specsavers research shows that one in four people aren’t having an eye test every two years as recommended by the College of Optometrists, and the same number are ignoring the first signs of sight loss despite complaining of not being able to see properly.

 

Further research findings

 

  • 25% of people are not having an eye test every two years as recommended by the College of Optometrists

  • The number of people aged 65+ in employment in the UK in 2018 is 1,224,000.

  • The rate of employment of people aged 65+ in 2018 is 10.4% - estimates show there will be 1,712,000people aged 65+ in employment by 2030 – a change of 488,000.

  • Sight is the nation’s most precious sense by far; 10 times more people (78% of people) said sight was the sense they fear losing most compared to the next most popular sense, smell (8%), followed by hearing (7%).  

  • Almost a quarter of people are ignoring the first signs of sight loss; despite complaining of not being able to see properly 23% of people have not visited an optician

  • More than 80% of people are not aware that an optician can spot the early signs of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the UK

  • People put their boiler before their eye health; half of UK adults have their boiler serviced once a year, over a third renew their mobile phone contract every two years, while 50% of UK adults last had their eyes tested more than a year ago or never

  • Research suggests Brits check their teeth more often than their eyes; 42% visit the dentist once every six months (equating to four times over twice years) while 25% of UK adults haven’t had an eye test in the past two years or at all

  • A quarter of people who spend £50 a year on shoes would not be prepared to pay anything at all for an eye test

It's safe to say no matter what field of work we're in, we need our eyesight, when was the last time YOU got tested? Here is what Dr. Josie Forte - Qualified Optometrist said to Biz: 

Let's Talk: Britain’s aging workforce being urged to make eye health a priority or risk their ability to work.

Biz spoke to Dr. Josie Forte, qualified optometrist spoke to Biz on eye health risk for Britains aging workforce.