Recent research shows that 10% of the world’s population are unable to afford the prescription lenses that they need for a healthy vision. The World Health Organisation and The Centre for Vision in the Developing World both report shocking figures, which not only affects personal health for those who are visually impaired, but poses public safety risks as well as educational issues for the future.

Short-sightedness is not only a problem for public safety when it comes to operating vehicles and machinery, but it is also an encumbrance on the world’s educational bodies, with visual impairment affecting one in 20 preschool children and affecting one in four school children. The common problem is that the child, the child’s parents and school teachers are unaware of the problem.

Whilst most families in the UK can afford to provide the right eye care for children, delaying or avoiding treatment is all too common due during a tough financial climate.

Additionally, research from a globally renowned corporate eye care company and Drive Safe tells us that one in three commuting drivers in Britain are visually impaired and drive without the aid of prescription glasses or contact lenses, meaning that one in three would fail an eye test, breaking the law.

Prescription Glasses at Lower Prices

Whilst the growing number of visually impaired people without the means of funding glasses causes continued concern for The World Health Organisation, there are retailers working to provide a much better product offer which can be obtainable for the less affluent.

Online retailers have become the convenient and more cost effective answer for visual impairments in the UK, with many offering a simple web service that allows easy ordering and fast delivery of prescription glasses.

E-commerce platforms are able to provide retailers with lower overheads than a high street store, meaning that high prices can be a thing of the past.

Despite the growing e-commerce world, the problem continues to persist on a vast scale. Prescription glasses are often unaffordable, forcing hundreds of millions of people to carry on with poor vision. Although online price wars and low overheads are creating a more affordable market for anyone who is short  sighted, long sighted or visually impaired, in a tough economic climate where the recession is still very much affecting the poorest areas of the UK and other countries, eye health is not a number one priority.

Eye Health Improves Quality of Life

As we know, visual impairments not only affect health but they can be dangerous when considering the daily need for driving – and the educational and economic issues are damaging for future development.

Moreover, having access to the correct eye health and being able to get help from an optician, can dramatically improve standards of living and quality of life. Prescription lenses can help with everyday tasks such as reading, writing and using a computer as well as giving people confidence in the workplace – or children confidence in a school environment.

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