By Alexa Kaczka
Opticians in Mold, North Wales, launched a campaign last week to encourage drivers to have their eyesight checked.
Keith Martin, the director of an optician store on Mold High Street, explained that, by law, motorists have to be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres.
If they are unable to do so, they must wear corrective prescription eyewear.
"Our eyesight usually deteriorates slowly and can easily go unnoticed if people don"t have regular eye tests, but at the moment it isn"t something drivers are required by law to do," Mr Martin said.
He said that the Drive Safe campaign, launched as part of Child Safety Week, urged people to seek professional help rather than rely on their own judgement as to how healthy their eyesight is.
Earlier this year, a poll of British adults commissioned by Auto Windscreens found that a fifth of drivers who need to wear glasses or contact lenses while behind the wheel had driven without them.
by Emily Tait