Eye Health UK: New health map highlights areas of the UK at greatest risk of sight loss

25 September 2018
Source: Eye Health UK

There are a million people in the UK currently living with ‘avoidable’ sight loss – leaving themNational Eye health week 2018 logo unable to do things such as drive. Forecasters predict this figure could rise by a third by 2030, if action isn’t taken now.

Prevention and early diagnosis of common eye conditions are key to reducing the number of people suffering sight loss unnecessarily” explains David Cartwright Chairman of Eye Health UK “however, in towns and cities like Bristol, Liverpool, Luton and Manchester we are seeing a worrying number of people failing to take up their entitlement to free NHS sight tests and displaying high levels of smoking and obesity – two lifestyle factors linked to sight loss.”

Lifestyle habits impact your eye health regardless of your genetic predisposition. Being physically active has been shown to reduce your risk of visual impairment by 58 per cent versus somebody with a sedentary lifestyle; whilst a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30+ has been linked to the four most common causes of sight loss: macular disease, glaucoma, cataract and diabetic retinopathy.

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