Research conducted in the United Kingdom by OCL Vision provides new insight into the attitudes of different ages groups towards their eye health. Most notable, the study found that young people spend considerably more money, approximately £293 each year, on correcting their vision than those over the age of 35.
Despite 26% of 18-34 year-olds reporting that they don’t regard being able to see clearly as their top priority when making vision correction choices, this group spends more than any other. In contrast, 91% of those aged over 55 agreed that being able to see clearly is very important to them.
Despite 26% of 18-34 year-olds reporting that they don’t regard being able to see clearly as their top priority when making vision correction choices, this group spends more than any other
Young people also expressed frustration at the high cost of glasses and contacts with 42% feeling as if they can’t afford it and would prefer laser eye surgery to save money in the long run.
“Poor eyesight is something we typically associate with ageing, but millions of young people still require vision correction to see clearly – and our research reveals just how much this is costing them,” said Dr Allon Barsam, Consultant Laser Surgeon at OCL Vision.
The research also revealed that 40% of people under 55 say their sight has worsened since the pandemic.
“With so many young people reporting that their vision has deteriorated recently, the effects of increased screen time and frequent eyestrain may be starting to hit home.
Dr Barsom says he advises young people working from home to, “Make sure you do so in a well-lit room, as your eyes will find it easier to focus when there is plenty of light. Keep your screen at arm’s length too as excessive focusing on very close objects can lead to eyestrain.
“If you feel your eyesight has suffered lately, it’s important to have an eye test to assess your vision and eye health before deciding what’s the best and most comfortable way to correct your vision.”