Eye experts are playing a greater role in assessing whether drivers over the age of 65 are safe on the roads, research has shown.
A study by Dr David Musch has found that a growing number of vision care providers are becoming involved in this process and are advising clients on their driving capabilities.
He suggested that the majority of eyecare providers believe they could do more given additional support, such as driving assessment guidelines and patient self-evaluation tools.
Dr Musch said: "We"ve identified a need and a desire on the part of vision care professionals to help. Our goal is to intervene and work with our patients in modifying their driving habits. This will allow them to drive appropriately and maintain their independence."
He emphasised the role that eye experts play in older people"s healthcare and called for them to be on the look-out for those patients who require extra attention.
Interestingly, Which? found that the public are more willing to trust independent opticians than big chains when getting their eyes tested or deciding to buy new glasses or contact lenses.
by Adrian Galbreth