Skipping on eye tests is just short-sighted

More than 40 per cent of the population are risking their sight by not having regular eye tests, a YouGov study has revealed.

The research, carried out to coincide with National Eye Health Week, found that 13 per cent of adults forego the check-ups because they believe they cannot afford them.

The survey of more than 2,000 people found that 90 per cent know about the benefits of having eye tests.

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David Scott-Ralphs, chairman of National Eye Health Week, said: "This is a massive public health issue. Many people do understand the importance of a sight test, but there is great concern that they are still avoiding having one, often citing cost grounds.

"Many people qualify for a free NHS sight test and may also qualify for help with the cost of spectacles or contact lenses."

The average sight test costs about 20, a spokesman for National Eye Health Week said. National Eye Health Week begins today.