NEEDING to do more exercise and enjoying being lazy were among the lessons Brits admit learning about their health during lockdown.
Research has shown 42 per cent of adults in the UK found the pandemic to be a “real eye-opener” for their health.
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The study, commissioned by Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care, revealed 90 per cent of us have discovered something new about their health in the past few months.
They include, “I need a hearing test”, “I spend too much time sitting down” and “I need glasses”.
“I spend too much time looking at screens”, “I need to up my step count” and “I don’t drink enough water” are also among the nation’s realisations from the last few months.
Despite this, half of those polled admitted they still don’t consider the impact of their lifestyle on their eye health at all.
This includes not taking into account how a poor diet could lead to diabetes or addressing the potential damage to their vision of looking at screens all day, with 57 per cent admitting they regularly suffer with eye strain.
A spokesman for Scrivens Opticians said: “The lockdown has been hard for everyone, but the silver lining is many people have had a chance to address things they hadn’t been able to until now – including how to take better care of oneself.
“They shouldn’t be hard on themselves – on the contrary, they should be kind to themselves and perhaps that’s how the findings should be seen.
“But it’s just as important to look after your eyes as it is your fitness or to have a healthy diet – in fact these aren’t mutually exclusive.”
The study also found 42 per cent have already taken steps to make improvements to their lifestyles – and 86 per cent of them are confident they will stick to their new regimes.
Further to this, a quarter think they have become healthier since the lockdown came into effect.
But, a fifth said their health has deteriorated in recent months.
Many of those polled have also come to the realisation they snack too much, need to go to bed earlier than they do currently and they should take dinner breaks away from their desks.
Similarly, other conclusions include needing to eat more fruit and vegetables, needing to drink less caffeine and having less reliance on their car so much.
But arguably the most important lesson learnt is that they need to look after themselves more.”
More than half of those polled claim they are more motivated than ever before to take better care of themselves.
However, many of those polled may need to reevaluate their approach to looking after their vision – especially those aged 55 plus.
Just 27 per cent of over 55s year-olds consider their eye health – compared to 44 per cent of 25-34 year-olds.
Those aged 55 and above are also marginally less likely than other age groups to wear sunglasses with UV protection when outdoors in the sun.
It also emerged that just a fifth of those in this age group are worried about the possible side effects of blue light on their vision – compared to half of those aged 18 to 24.
But a third of all adults don’t know what blue light is and aren’t aware of how it could impact eye health.
Further to this, three in 10 revealed they don’t have regular eye tests – in fact, the typical adult only has a check-up every three and a half years rather than the two recommended by opticians.
It also emerged almost half of those polled are apprehensive going for an eye test at the moment in the wake of the pandemic.
The Scrivens Opticians study carried out through OnePoll also found a quarter said they will actively avoid going for a check-up for the foreseeable future.
A spokesman for Scrivens Opticians added: “As we are spending much more time using screens to communicate with colleagues, friends and family the strain on our eyes is intense, so it’s vital that we give as much priority to booking an eye test as we do returning to the pub or getting a haircut.
“We have taken every possible precaution to make sure our stores are safe for customers and for staff members too.
“The changes made are in line with industry guidelines to deliver a professional, safe service which people can access with confidence.”