If you thought any kind of physical or mental ailment is as bad as the other, you have been misinformed. Turns out, the loss of eyesight is considered the worst handicap of all, finds a new study.
According to the study published in the journal Ophthalmology by JAMA, the researchers analysed the results of an online poll of 2,044 adults with an average age of 46, including non-Hispanic white individuals and minority groups to understand the importance and awareness of eye health.
Among those, 63% reported wearing glasses while 88% believed that good vision is vital to overall health and 47% rated losing vision as the worst possible health outcome.
When asked about various possible consequences of vision loss, quality of life ranked as the top concern followed by loss of independence.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents were aware of cataracts (66%) or glaucoma (63%); only half were aware of macular degeneration; 37% were aware of diabetic retinopathy; and 25% were not aware of any eye conditions.
Approximately 76% and 58%, respectively, identified sunlight and family heritage as risk factors for losing vision; only half were aware of smoking risks on vision loss.
“These findings underscore the importance of good eyesight to most and that having good vision is key to one’s overall sense of well-being, irrespective of ethnic or racial demographic,” said Adrienne W Scott, researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.