In a report published this year, there are around two million people who missed a routine eye test during the lockdown. This could mean undetected health conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, or macular degeneration.
Before the pandemic, optometrists carry out around a total of 8.6 million eye examinations per year. They refer more than 600,000 people to eye specialists or general practitioners for further investigations.
However, at the height of the pandemic, fewer people were referred which means more people became unaware of their health problem.
Glaucoma, known as “silent thief of sight,” is often symptom-free. During the pandemic, referrals for glaucoma were down by half a percent.
Regular visits to the eye doctor can help in picking up anomalies. Understandably, people are hesitant to visit their eye doctors because of self-isolation or fear of going out.
Eye fatigue, dry eyes, and headaches were also reported by one in five adults last year. Now that protocols are strictly being implemented in clinics and hospitals, people should be more comfortable in visiting their eye doctors.
Whether you are comfortable visiting your eye doctor or not, always protect your eyes from accidents and injuries. Make it a habit to wear safety glasses or spectacles as you do gardening and home improvements.