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Are we losing sight of our eye health?

A new Global Survey on Eye Health, produced by B&L, has some surprising information for the 3 O’s…
Global Survey Results: Are we losing sight of our eye health?

An eye-opening statistic: almost 70% of people from around the world would rather give up 10 years of their life, or even sacrifice one of their limbs, than

lose their eyesight. Yet less than one third of those polled take the basic steps necessary to preserve their eyesight, according to a recently completed global surveythe Barometer of Global Eye Health.

Developed in concert with eye care experts from around the world and validated by 147 eye health professionals from 26 different countries, Bausch + Lomb, through its research partner KRC Research, surveyed 11,000 consumers across Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. There were a number of important and surprising findings from the survey, including the following:

68% of those surveyed said they are knowledgeable about eye health, but this assertion is undercut by the fact that only 21% had regular eye exams over the past 5 years
Women are more likely than men to take steps to protect their vision, such as wearing sunglasses (81% vs 77%), eating a healthy diet (82% vs 75%), and refraining from smoking (79% vs 73%)
For those who did not have regular eye exams, 65% said they had not visited an eye doctor because they did not have any symptoms and 60% because they had clear vision, potentially dangerous reasoning since many eye diseases occur without any noticeable signs to the patient
A sizable percentage of those surveyed believe common eye health myths such as If I can see, then my eyes must be healthy (42%) and The only reason to visit an eye doctor is for vision correction (39%)
If forced to choose, people would rather lose their sense of taste (79%), hearing (78%), one of their limbs (68%), or 10 years off their life (67%) instead of their eyesight
97% of doctors surveyed globally believe consumers do not have sufficient eye health knowledge