There are significant inequalities in the eye health of different UK populations, with people in deprived socioeconomic groups and certain ethnic groups more likely to lose their sight and less likely to access services, even if they are readily available.
Generally under-represented in campaign or policy activity, failing sight has major implications for public health. Poor vision can increase isolation, limit physical activity, increase the risk of falls, and add to feelings of depression and loneliness.
We have produced a report summarising the evidence around uncorrected refractive error (URE) and inequalities associated with patient access in deprived areas. Our aim was to identify gaps in current policy and research, and outline a strategy to begin addressing the issues identified.
Poor vision can increase isolation, limit physical activity, increase the risk of falls, and add to feelings of depression and loneliness.
- Thomas Pocklington Trust, Loneliness, social isolation, and sight loss (2014)