The Vision of Britain reportⁱ, commissioned by Optegra Eye Health Care, shows that more than three in 10 GPs (32 per cent) say they feel ‘de-skilled’ in diagnosing eye conditions, reflecting the immense pressures and workload on these doctors.
And 44 per cent of GPs say that they feel less confident in dealing with eye conditions than any other part of the body.
Yet more than a quarter of British adults (26 per cent) turn to their GP, rather than an optician, for help if they have an eye problem.
Two in five GPs (40 per cent) surveyed for Vision of Britain state they need more, or refresher, training on all eye conditions.
The comprehensive research with British public, GPs and opticians, also reveals that although four in five adults worry about protecting their eyesight, nearly half (44 per cent) do not attend regular eye tests every two years, as recommended by the College of Optometrists.
Furthermore, both GPs and opticians cite the lack of regular eye tests as one of the biggest causes of rising eye health problems, along with smoking, diet, UV rays and demands of technology.
As part of its commitment to improving the nation’s eye health, Optegra will also be launching a DIY eye test, available for free from February, to help people identify if they need to get their eyes professionally checked with an optician.