Poor results for city in eye health survey

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EYE health in Portsmouth is among the worst in the country, according to research by eye-care specialists Optegra.

An independent survey sponsored by the firm showed that 11 per cent of the city’s residents describe their poor vision as a disability, one of the highest figures in the UK.

And more than half of Portsmouth residents (53 per cent) failed to have an eye test every two years, which was the highest figure in the country and above the national average of 46 per cent.

In the survey, 78 per cent of adults in Hampshire said their eyes felt strained after a long day at work, which was also among the highest figures nationally.

Optegra said people were also missing out on free eye tests, as 39 per cent of employees in Hampshire didn’t know if they were eligible for their employer to pay for eye tests.