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Iceni Magazine | November 22, 2019

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Brits take an average of eight months to seek help with their health issues

Brits take an average of eight months to seek help with their health issues

Brits take an average of eight months to seek help with their health issues.

A study of 2,000 Brits revealed a fifth of the nation regret the length of time they have spent putting off much needed appointments.

Despite the fact our health is so important, a quarter of Brits admit they are currently putting off a trip to the GP.

And nearly a third of Brits have let their health slip because daily inconveniences mean they procrastinate, rather than fix the problem.

Of these, 26 per cent believe they’ve now left a visit to the GP for so long they feel embarrassed to deal with it.

Of those putting off a medical visit, almost half are procrastinating when it comes to regular eye tests at the opticians.

And 14 per cent believe they can wait for their vision problems to become more serious before they book their eye test.

The survey was commissioned by Acuvue, whose previous research with Eurostat Data revealed 83 per cent of UK adults aged 40 and over experience presbyopia.

This is also known as “Long-Arm syndrome” – holding their phones (and other everyday items) far away from their faces to be able to read them, because their vision has progressively changed as they’ve got older.

Johnson & Johnson Vision’s Dr Kamlesh Chauhan, director of professional education, Northern Europe said: “Health check-ups might be an inconvenience, but they are necessary for managing smaller issues before they become big ones.

“Presbyopia is a visual impairment which affects billions of people, but the early symptoms are subtle – a minor frustration to begin with that can be easily put off.

“With several simple vision correction solutions readily available, including multifocal contact lenses, we encourage patients to see their optometrist who can help make their lives easier.”

Presbyopia affects the eye’s ability to focus easily on nearer tasks, and 27 million people in the UK are currently experiencing the condition.

The consumer research, conducted by OnePoll.com, found nearly a third of Brits aged 45 years and older confess their sight issue is down to procrastinating when it comes to important life admin, admitting that they do not have the motivation to go to the optician.

Rather than pick up the phone and book an appointment, 11 per cent choose to ignore problems believing they might be a sign of something bigger.

And 18 per cent believe their health problem is small enough that they can ignore it.

42 per cent of respondents are avoiding a check-up at the dentist, despite feeling they need to go.

Sara Cox, brand ambassador for Acuvue contact lenses, said: “I began to struggle with my eyesight when I turned 40, and discovered I had presbyopia.

“I found it so simple to make the switch to multifocal contact lenses and avoid ‘long arm syndrome’ – there was no point putting it off any longer.”

THE TOP 5 HEALTH CHECK UPS BRITS ARE PUTTING OFF

1. Dentist check-up
2. Eye Tests (glasses and non-glasses wearers)
3. Visiting the GP
4. Blood pressure check-up
5. Blood test

For more information on presbyopia and Acuvue, visit https://www.acuvue.co.uk/eye-problems/presbyopia


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