Lockdown increased people’s screen time with a survey of 2,000 people suggesting that half used screens more since Covid struck, and a third (38%) believed their eyesight had worsened during this time. One in five adults also said they were less likely to get an eye test now than before the pandemic, in fear of catching the virus.
So what can be done to protect your vision in 'the new normal'? Professor Sunil Shah has a few suggestions…
Since cataracts usually develop slowly, the problems they cause have a habit of creeping up on us – that is, until they become too frustrating to ignore. That’s exactly what happened to Saroj Parmar until she had her cataract surgery at Midland Eye in 2020.
Five months on after the move to a seven day service, Anne Sharkey, Operations Manager, reflects on the difference it has made to the team and how patients have reacted to being able to access specialist eye care on the weekends as well as during the week in the evenings.