04.02.2010

The UK"s drivers could do with contact lenses

The UK"s drivers could do with contact lenses

By Alexa Kaczka

A third of British motorists could be driving with poor vision, says Specsavers.

The opticians" survey of 3,000 drivers revealed that a third of them had not been for an eye test in the last two years.

Six per cent had not had a test for the last 11 years and a fifth of drivers who should wear vision correction when driving often do not bother to do so.

More than three-quarters of employers are unaware that there is existing legislation requiring professional drivers to have their eyes test more regularly.

Laura Butler, corporate account manager for Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, said: "It is astounding that more than three-quarters of companies have not even heard of this new legislation. For everyone"s safety, this should be a priority now, regardless of the date when the actual legislation will come into force."

Bristol was found to be the UK"s worst city for crashes due to poor vision.

The RNIB Scotland is using a giant screen to show people images of major events from the last 40 years to show them what they would miss if they lost their sight and encourage them to get regular eye tests.

by Adrian Galbreth


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