Survey Finds Poor Vision, Hearing Loss in Adolescents

A recent survey of French adolescents sponsored by the Optic 2000 group has found that visual and auditory health problems are increasingly common, even though only a quarter of the teens surveyed reported being concerned about their own health.

Teenagers spend an average of 4 hours a day in front of a screen, and the survey found that 44% of adolescents aged 13 to 18 had experienced eye strain or dry eye. 37% of those surveyed admitted to not wearing their prescribed glasses.

The survey highlights the need for increased awareness and prevention, according to Yves Guénin, secretary general of Optic 2000. 90% of those surveyed reported that they are sensitive to messages from healthcare professionals, and one in two changed their behaviour based on advice from their parents.

Further Information (French): http://www.observatoire-groupeoptic2000.fr/etudes/vue-audition-adolescents/

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