Approximately nine out of ten Spaniards over 45 have a vision problem. However, it is noteworthy that only 66% of the population between 45 and 54 years old use some optical compensation system. At this age, almost all people suffer from presbyopia or eyestrain, with which there is a 34% of people of this age group who can have complications in carrying out simple and habitual tasks, such as reading a book, threading a needle, cooking or even driving, with the risks that this can entail your health and quality of life.
Juan Carlos Martínez Moral, President of the General Council of Opticians and Optometrists Associations (CGCOO) and Dean of National College of Opticians-Optometrists, warns that "7% of Spaniards suffering from presbyopia have never had their vision checked in health care facilities, which indicates that these people over 40 can have serious visual problems without knowing or accepting it."
In the population group over 55 years of age, the use of visual correction amounts to 92% of the total population. And is that, in addition to presbyopia, from this age people are more likely to suffer a series of vision problems associated with the passage of time, such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration (AMD). A timely review helps prevent them: a regular eye exam is all that is needed to detect cataracts, while with a visit to the optician-optometrist we will know how the eye strain is and if we are at risk of glaucoma; also, with the periodic control of the fundus of the eye performed by the optometrist, the appearance of some forms of macular degeneration can be prevented.
Detecting these pathologies in time is essential, but according to Juan Carlos Martínez Moral, President of the General Council of Opticians and Optometrists Schools and Dean of the National College of Opticians-Optometrists, "the population is little aware of the need for periodic reviews of the vision". Thus, 74% of the population waits to notice a visual problem to decide to visit the specialist. And once the problem is detected, 66% take up to 3 months to go to the optometrist.
"The main reasons for delaying the visit to the specialist are laziness, aesthetics or because it is considered a minor symptom, without suspecting that their visual health is at stake," says Martínez Moral.