Brits are putting their lives at risk by refusing to wear glasses because they want to look good.
New research shows that 45% of adults who have or should wear glasses don’t wear them because they want to look good. This increases to 77% for the 16-24 year old age group.
Risks of accidents
Many are risking a road accident as 26.4% who need glasses or contacts for driving admit they have driven without their specs at least once. This rises to 31% of men.
The research by specialist eye hospital group Optegra Eye Health Care reveals that 30% of women have avoided wearing prescription glasses several times.
The consequent mishaps caused by not wearing glasses include saying hello to the wrong person (17%), buying the wrong item in the supermarket (8%) and texting the wrong person (9%).
Third going without at work
Nearly a third (31%) refused to wear their specs at work, putting them at risk at a workplace accident.
One in 20 adults admit getting into the wrong car and also getting lost while driving, due to their lack of glasses.
And for women, added mishaps due to not being able to wear glasses all the time include using the wrong bottle in the shower (12%) and accidentally putting make-up into their eye (15%).
Rory Passmore, Managing Director of Optegra is encouraging people to consider the safety impact of not wearing the vision correction they need, especially when driving.
Source: PR Newswire
Date Published: May 19, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown