Low eye health literacy poses threat to saving patients’ vision, authors warn.

Research that was published in JAMA Ophthalmology after 237 patients in New York were asked about four emergency eye problems revealed that a minority had heard of the conditions, and “only a fraction of them” were aware of their symptoms, Optometry Today writes.

The article says that the patients were asked about retinal detachment, acute-angle glaucoma, giant cell arteritis and central retinal artery occlusion. “The authors warned that the low public awareness of these conditions means appropriate medical attention may not be sought in time to save the person’s sight.”

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