[PDF] The state of the nation eye health 2017 : a year in review

Royal National Institute of Blind People - RNIB
Royal National Institute of Blind People
Publication date:
23 January 2018


In September 2016 RNIB and Specsavers joined in partnership to transform eye health. One year on, this report presents the key achievements of the partnership to date, along with new information on the incidence of sight loss and attitudes towards eye health in the UK.

Key findings from the report include:
  • Every day 250 people start to lose their sight in the UK
  • 1 in 5 people will live with sight loss in their lifetime
  • Sight is the nation’s most precious sense by far; 10 times more people (78 per cent of people) said sight was the sense they fear losing most compared to the next most popular sense, smell (8 per cent), followed by hearing (7 per cent
  • Almost a quarter of people are ignoring the first signs of sight loss; despite not being able to see as well in the distance or close up as they used to, 23 per cent have not sought advice from an optician or medical professional 
  • More than 80 per cent of people are not aware that an optician can spot the early signs of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the UK
  • Research suggests Brits check their teeth more often than their eyes; 42 per cent  visit the dentist once every six months (equating to four times over two years) while 25 per cent  of UK adults haven’t had an eye test in the past two years or at all