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One in five Britons don’t know what cataract or glaucoma is, polls show

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HEALTH NOTES: One in five Britons don’t know what cataract or glaucoma is, polls show

One in five Britons don’t know what cataracts are, a poll shows.

At least ten percent of people will develop age-related eye problems, such as cataracts or glaucoma, but the study of 2,000 Britons commissioned by the charity Guide Dogs shows that the general public is not aware of these common conditions.

At least ten percent of people will develop age-related eye problems such as cataracts or glaucoma, but one in five Britons don’t know what those are, according to a study

Cataracts occur when the lens in the eye becomes cloudy, and glaucoma when a pressure build-up in the eye damages the nerves that connect to the brain.

Researchers say this ignorance means Britons are unaware of lifestyle changes that could reduce their risk of eye problems, such as quitting smoking and alcohol or exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.

Reducing the time spent looking at screens can also delay vision loss.

We are now coughing evaders

More than half of Brits say they are more likely to avoid people who cough and sneeze now, compared to before Covid.

And 44 percent say they are now more likely to wipe surfaces before eating.

The findings come from a study conducted by disinfectant manufacturer Stada to analyze the mental impact of the pandemic.

A third of respondents said their mental health had deteriorated since the start of the pandemic. A third also said they got less good sleep.

More than half of Brits say they are more likely to avoid people who cough and sneeze now, compared to before Covid.  (File image)

More than half of Brits say they are more likely to avoid people who cough and sneeze now, compared to before Covid. (File image)

Experts have warned against using smartphone apps that claim to use artificial intelligence technology to determine whether suspected moles may be cancerous or whether a medical examination is needed.

A YouGov survey found that more than 40 percent of people in the UK would trust the apps to recognize the signs of skin cancer, but experts at the British Association of Dermatologists say many are unable to make an accurate diagnosis.

dr. Rubeta Matin says, “Many apps claim to check moles, but they also have a disclaimer that the app is not a diagnostic device.

“This fine print is not only unfair, but it is also not allowed by the regulators.”

The number of informal carers with psychological problems or illnesses has risen to a record high.

Data from the NHS survey of adult carers in England shows that one in seven unpaid carers has a condition such as depression or anxiety – an increase of one in ten in the 2019 survey and the highest figure since the survey started in 2014.

More than 43,000 Britons caring for an adult over the age of 18 were surveyed. Only 36 percent were very or very satisfied with the support they received, from the NHS or the council.

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