This chapter presents information about self-reported eyesight, sight impairments and eye conditions, eyesight tests and any limitation on daily activities caused by eyesight difficulties.
- Almost two thirds of adults, 66% of men and 62% of women, rated their eyesight as excellent or very good.
- 8% of both sexes said that their eyesight was fair or poor. Fewer than 1% of adults were certified as blind or partially sighted.
- Self-reported eyesight deteriorated with age for both men and women. Around a quarter of those aged 85 and over rated their eyesight as fair or poor.
- 12% of men and 15% of women said they had an eyesight condition diagnosed by a doctor or optician. While very few people below the age of 45 had any diagnosed conditions, half or more of those aged 75 and over had at least one.
- Cataracts were the most common condition with around one in 10 of men and women reporting they had the condition.
- More women, 71%, than men, 59%, reported having eye tests at least every two years, the minimum frequency recommended by RNIB. As age rose, so did the frequency of eyesight tests.
- Over one third who experienced difficulties with long or short sight said that it limited their activities at least some of the time.
Those in the lowest income households were around twice as likely to report fair or poor eyesight as those in the highest income households.
- Men and women in the North East reported the poorest eyesight, with over one in ten reporting fair or poor eyesight in this region.