Despite acknowledging the crucial importance of eye health, the majority of adults, namely 70%, do not plan to get their eyes tested this year.
The findings of this year's study included information on the pandemic's influence on eye health, common misconceptions about vision correction alternatives for aging eyes, the intersection between eye health and beauty, and the significant risk of missing early intervention for children with vision correction needs.
Serving as the cornerstone of J&J Vision’s Prioritize Your Eyes campaign, the survey was launched in advance of World Sight Day in an aim to raise awareness about the importance of getting an annual eye exam, both for adults and children alike.
"At Johnson & Johnson Vision, we are committed to changing the trajectory of eye health—which starts with getting people to their annual comprehensive eye exams,” said Shlomi Nachman, Company Group Chairman, Cardiovascular & Specialty Solutions Group and Johnson & Johnson Vision.
“This year’s survey shows that, globally only 3 in 10 people have scheduled or plan to schedule an annual eye exam as eye care offices have re-opened. With the Prioritize Your Eyes campaign and the annual eye health survey, our goal is to educate on the importance of getting to your eye care professional regularly—for the sake of your vision and your overall health.”
According to the survey, more than 86% the world's adult population fears losing their sight above any other sense.
It's probably because of this that 88 percent of people consider eye health to be a top concern for their overall health.
However, counter to this statistic, only 52% of respondents say they get annual eye tests.
Eye Health + The Pandemic
According to the survey, more than a third of respondents say their vision has deteriorated since the pandemic began.
Despite this reported awareness, 70% of all respondents claimed they have no plans to schedule an eye exam in the coming year—the single most crucial step in protecting your eyes.
The Challenge of Diagnosing Myopia in Children
Although three-quarters of parents (75%) believe it is more necessary for their child to have an eye test than it is for them, and the majority of parents (61%) are anxious about their children being identified as nearsighted (myopic) —only one-quarter (27%) plan to schedule an annual eye exam for their children.
Myopia is sometimes called 'nearsightedness’ but it is much more. It is a chronic and progressive disease that poses the biggest eye health threat of the 21st Century.
Half of the world’s population is projected to be myopic by 2050 with nearly one billion people expected to have high myopia.
Children under 12 who are diagnosed with myopia are at greater risk of developing high myopia which may lead to sight-threatening disease later in life.
Beauty and Eye Health – Aging with Style
One-fourth of respondents (27%) said they are more concerned about the appearance of their eyes than the health of their eyes. Nearly a third of those polled said they would change the color of their eyes for a day if they could.
Three in ten (29%) of persons with aging eyes worry that wearing glasses will make them look old or affect their self-confidence (30%), yet just 37% of those surveyed are aware of the fact that contact lenses are an option to multifocal spectacles as they age. People are unaware that improving their vision does not need sacrificing beauty.
Don’t Wait on Cataracts
72 percent of those who underwent cataract surgery stated they would have done it sooner if they had realized how much better their eyesight would be following the procedure. Furthermore, 56% of people did not understand how terrible their vision was until after surgery.
With 94 million people affected by cataracts worldwide, the poll found that misperceptions regarding the operation may be causing people to delay treatment.
Only 46% of all respondents were aware of the fact that cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, and only 31% realized the procedure can take less than 10 minutes to perform.
Find an eye care professional for a comprehensive eye exam here, make the commitment to #PrioritizeYourEyes, and spread the word with your loved ones.