Brits put bite before sight new survey shows

The demand for a dazzling Hollywood smile could be putting eye health care in the shade according to a new survey released today. 
 
While three quarters (75 per cent) of Brits state that sight is the most important of the senses, and 81 per cent say experiencing vision loss would be their biggest concern, latest research reveals we look after our teeth far more than our eyes.
 
In a battle of vision vs. teeth, the eyes should have it. Yet, on average, British adults visit the dentist twice as much as the optician. 
 
We scan the reading chart every 2 years, 3 months and 3 days; yet we hop into the dental chair to ‘open wide’ every 1 year, 1 month and 10 days!
 
The new research[i]  by Optegra Eye Health Care reveals that almost a quarter of Brits (22 per cent) have not had an eye test for at least three years. 
 
While half of the population (50 per cent) have had more than 30 dental checks in their lifetime to date, one in ten Brits (10 per cent) cannot even remember the last time they visited the optician.
 
Leading ophthalmic surgeon, Mr. David Anderson, from Optegra Eye Health Care group, says:  “It is widely agreed that sight is the most important of the senses, and we hear from patients on a daily basis how precious their sight is; but this research makes me wonder if we tend to take good vision for granted.
 
“It is vital to have regular eye check-ups as there are so many conditions that may be going on without us realising – from early stages of cataract, which is very common and easily treated, to retinal tears or glaucoma which, if not detected in time, can lead to blindness.
 
“Of course, it is important to keep check on teeth too, but it is surprising that Brits are going to their dentist almost twice as often than going to their optician – yet vision is so vital to every day life!”
 
The new research shows we opt to keep check on our teeth much more often.  In fact 67 per cent of adults go to their dentist every 12 months or under; compared to only 10 per cent of adults seeing their optician in that time frame.
 
Michael Sutton, age 43, a designer from Surrey says: “My vision is vital to every aspect of my life – from home life, enjoying my children and hobbies, to my work, where design means I need to have the sharpest of vision to review and draw the smallest of details.  But, I must confess that I have been to the dentist far more often than the optician. 
 
“In fact when I went to the optician last she pointed out it had been an entire decade since I had last visited! I go to the dentist every six to 12 months.
 
“I had no idea it had been that long, and to be honest, the only reason I went then was because I had worn my reading glasses for so long they were out of fashion!
 
“It is concerning to think that if there had been any problem with my eye health it may have progressed to a much bigger issue by this point.  From now on, I’m aiming to go much more often.”
 
[i] Consumer research carried out April 2015 for Optegra by Censuswide; online research with 2,231 British adults aged 16 years and above.

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