The cost of living crisis could be damaging the eye-sight of the nation.
Two-thirds of people who need glasses or contact lenses are putting off buying them due to cost, according to a new survey from the Association of Optometrists (AOP).
And a third are wearing glasses belonging to friends and family, or glasses with out-of-date prescription lenses.
Commenting on the findings, Specsavers’ Clinical Services Director Giles Edmonds said: “Wearing the wrong prescription - or not wearing glasses or lenses at all when you need them - can have an impact on your eyes, with symptoms including eye strain and headaches.
"More worryingly, it can also contribute to trips and falls – one of the biggest causes of hospital visits for older people.
“Additionally, avoiding visiting the opticians or skipping regular eye tests can cause further detriment to your health. Conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts, can often be symptomless for years, so eye tests are the only way to catch them early to help avoid irreversible vision loss.
“We understand that it’s a difficult time for many, so we want to ensure that everyone is aware of the eye care support available to them and the fact that there are glasses available at Specsavers to suit all budgets.”