Blindness warning: 10 key signs your eyesight could be getting worse – and when to see an optician

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A study of 2,000 adults found 58 per cent have noticed a decline in their vision since 2012, with 40 per cent sometimes experiencing discomfort or fatigue in their eyes

Six in 10 adults have experienced worsening eyesight in the last 10 years – and 40 per cent sometimes experience discomfort or fatigue in their eyes.

But 31 per cent would still say their vision is clear – and 74 per cent claim to feel confident in their ability to recognise the common signs of declining eyesight. Despite this, many have struggled to read maps (20 per cent), see the bus number (19 per cent) and messaged the wrong person (12 per cent) as a result of not seeing clearly.

While misunderstanding important emails or messages (11 per cent), misplacing important items (10 per cent) and misreading a major news story (seven per cent), also made the list. Eye expert Dr Josie Forte, who has been an optometrist for Specsavers for 20 years, explained these impacts could be a result of presbyopia – a common eye condition which is the gradual loss of your eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects.

She said: “Subtle changes and impacts relating to our vision can often go unnoticed. But like many conditions, if these changes aren’t addressed and treated, they can often get worse.”

Signs your sight might be on the decline

1. Finding yourself holding menus or small text farther away to read them clearly

2. Needing to hold reading material at arm’s length to focus on it properly

3. Zooming in on your phone or increasing the font size in order to read better

4. Your children notice you looking funny when you try to read things

5. Needing brighter lighting to read something or doing close work

6. Experiencing blurry vision at normal reading distance

7. Squinting to bring objects into focus

8. Having eye strain or headaches after reading or doing close work

9. Asking to borrow people’s glasses to read thing

10. Mistaking the salt for the pepper

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