Sight Loss Facts


46% of blind and partially sighted people have given up hobbies and interests because of their sight loss*

One in twelve of us will become blind or partially sighted by the time we are 60. This rises to one in six by the time we reach 75*

90% of the public say sight is the sense they most fear losing*

1 in 4 adults didn’t know that an eye test could prevent them from losing their sight, and that 1 in 4 haven’t had an eye test in the last two years*

60% of older blind and partially sighted people never go out on their own*

27% of blind and partially sighted people don't feel confident walking in their own neighbourhood*

Every 15 minutes, a person begins to lose their sight*

85% of people admit to having problems with their vision, yet 37% of people put off having an eye test because of worries about money

1 in 5 children has an undetected problem with their vision.  50% of parents with children aged 8 or under have never taken their child for an eye test

25% of over 60’s say the quality of their vision restricts their daily routine

86% of drivers are concerned about the eye-sight of fellow road users.  25% of drivers admitted to not having their eyes tested since passing their driving exam, and do not know whether their eye-sight is still at the required level

*Source: Action for the Blind


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