A fifth of adults get into embarrassing situations due to poor eyesight – including embarrassing typos

Millions of adults have asked a guest to choose their meal for them because they can’t read the menu themselves.

A study of 2,000 adults found that a fifth (18 percent) were embarrassed by their vision impairment.

Just over one in 10 (11 per cent) have waved at a complete stranger, assuming it was someone they know, while 11 per cent have offended someone they THEMSELVES know by walking past them without paying attention.

13% of respondents who blushed were laughed at for holding the menu at a comically long distance to see the dishes.

While 10 percent of those surveyed felt they needed to hold the book at arm’s length to read the text.

Press secretary from Special economy rateswho has created a prototype of an elongated “reading arm” that could help people with farsightedness, said: “Visual impairment is extremely common, so it’s a shame that so many people are ashamed of it.”

“Inventing the reading arm was great fun, and while we’re sure many readers will find this gadget useful, it shouldn’t replace taking your eye health seriously and making an appointment with your eye doctor.

“Most people over the age of 40 start to develop presbyopia or farsightedness, but this can be easily corrected with the right pair of specs.”

It also found that 35 percent admit to sometimes feeling sad about their vision.

However, 43 percent of those surveyed had not had a checkup or checkup in the past two years.

Of those surveyed who are visually impaired, 28 percent have a larger text size on their devices to make it easier for them to read.

And 44 percent of them were mocked for their efforts.

A quarter (24 per cent) of Britons find it difficult to read the fine print on contracts or documents, while 20 per cent find it difficult to read the instructions and ingredients on the back of toiletries.

A third (34 percent) believe that their vision has worsened in the past 10 years, and 34 percent of them have postponed a trip to the optician to get an examination.

Working habits can greatly affect your vision

Only one in five (20 percent) say they have no visual impairment, and 63 percent say they have minor to moderate vision problems.

Almost six in 10 (59 per cent) have worn glasses at some point in their lives and 41 per cent have tried contact lenses.

Before taking the survey, 51 percent of respondents were unfamiliar with the term “farsightedness,” an age-related vision problem that causes nearby objects to gradually fall out of focus.

In a study conducted by, 60 percent of those living with poor vision admitted that they took their vision for granted before it began to deteriorate.

Working habits can affect eye health, with 39 percent saying they felt eye strain at the end of the work day.

A fifth (21 percent) spend all day behind a computer, and 44 percent spend most of their day in front of a screen completing work.

On average, the typical Briton will spend six hours a day looking at screens, at work, socializing or for leisure.

A Specsavers spokesman added: “We hope our reading arm will raise a few smiles, but also raise awareness of sight problems and encourage Britons to seek out their optician so their situation can be improved.”

Top 20 embarrassing acts of adults due to poor eyesight

  1. He looked at the label for a long time, could not make out the words
  2. I didn’t recognize the one waving at you
  3. Held the menu at a ridiculously far distance to read it while squinting
  4. Complained about the blurry TV picture
  5. He waved at a stranger
  6. Held the book at a ridiculously long distance to read it
  7. Offended a man you DREAMY know by walking past him on the street
  8. Started a conversation with a complete stranger thinking they were my friend/partner/family member
  9. Ordered the wrong thing at a fast food restaurant because you couldn’t see the menu board properly
  10. Complained about not bright enough light bulbs
  11. Wrong typo
  12. Turn your clothes inside out
  13. They turned for help to a stranger in the store, thinking that they worked there
  14. Mispronounced something in the menu
  15. Frightened by an inanimate object
  16. You accidentally interacted with an unfamiliar social media post
  17. Ask a stranger to read the sign to you
  18. Completely misinterpreting the ingredients of the food resulted in a disastrous dinner
  19. Patted a stranger on the bottom, thinking it was your partner
  20. Wear odd socks A fifth of adults get into embarrassing situations due to poor eyesight – including embarrassing typos

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