New Delhi: For the majority of people in the world losing eye sight is a setback to their quality of life, yet less than one third only take the basic steps needed to preserve their vision, and Indians top among other nationals in never doing an eye test, a new survey has found. According to the "Barometer of Global Eye Health" survey released today by Bausch+Lomb, less than one third of those polled take the basic steps necessary to preserve eye sight. If forced to choose, about 79 per cent of those polled said they would rather wish to lose their sense of taste instead of their eyesight, 78 per cent said they were ready to lose hearing, and 67 per cent offered to lose 10 years of their life, but not their vision. Three-fourths of people said they would rather have their pay cut in half than have a decline in the quality of their vision. In India, which houses 7.8 million blind people or about 20 per cent of the 39 million blind population worldwide, most of the respondents (74 per cent) said they would take a half pay cut, lose 10 years of their life (74 per cent), or lose their sense of taste rather than lose their eyesight.
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