One in five Britons don’t know what cataracts or glaucoma are, poll finds

HEALTH RATINGS: One in five Britons don’t know what cataracts or glaucoma are, poll finds

One in five Britons don’t know what a cataract is, according to a survey.

At least ten per cent of people will suffer from age-related eye problems such as cataracts or glaucoma, but the survey of 2,000 Britons commissioned by the charity Guide Dogs shows a lack of awareness among the general public about these common conditions.

At least ten per cent of people will suffer from age-related eye problems such as cataracts or glaucoma – but one in five Britons don’t know what they are, survey finds

Cataracts develop when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy and glaucoma when a buildup of pressure in the eye damages the nerves connected to the brain.

Researchers say this ignorance means Britons are unaware of lifestyle changes that could reduce their risk of eye problems, such as quitting smoking and drinking alcohol or exercising regularly and having a Healthy eating.

Reducing the time spent staring at screens can also slow vision loss.

We coughin’ Dodgers now

More than half of Britons say they are more likely to avoid people who cough and sneeze now, compared to before Covid.

And 44% say they are now more likely to wipe down surfaces before eating.

The findings come from a survey conducted by disinfectant maker Stada to analyze the mental impact of the pandemic.

A third of respondents said their mental health had deteriorated since the start of the pandemic. A third also said they had poorer quality sleep.

More than half of Britons say they are more likely to avoid people who cough and sneeze now, compared to before Covid.  (file image)

More than half of Britons say they are more likely to avoid people who cough and sneeze now, compared to before Covid. (file image)

Experts have warned against using smart phone apps that claim to use artificial intelligence technology to tell if suspicious moles may be cancerous or if a medical examination is needed.

A YouGov poll found more than 40% of people in the UK would trust apps to spot signs of skin cancer – but experts from the British Association of Dermatologists say many are unable to offer a precise diagnosis.

Dr Rubeta Matin says: “Many apps claim to be able to check moles, but they also come with a disclaimer that the app is not a diagnostic device.

“These fine print is not only dishonest, it’s not allowed by regulators.”

The number of caregivers suffering from mental health problems or mental illnesses has reached record levels.

Data from the NHS Survey of Adult Carers in England shows that one in seven unpaid carers suffer from an illness such as depression or anxiety – up from one in ten in the 2019 survey and the figure on higher since the start of the survey in 2014.

Over 43,000 Britons caring for an adult over the age of 18 were surveyed. Only 36% were very or extremely satisfied with the support they received, either from the NHS or the local council.

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