09.11.2011

Vision of drivers "a growing concern"

Vision of drivers "a growing concern"

By Alexa Kaczka

Concern has been raised about the number of drivers who are being forced off the road due to poor vision, following the publication of new statistics.

Data issued by the Co-operative Motor Group revealed that to 4,009 licenses were revoked due to people's failing eyesight in 2010; a huge increase on the 1,597 licenses taken away in 2006.

The statistics, obtained through a freedom of information request, may be causes of concern and increased vigilance, noted group managing director Tony Guest.

"Good eyesight is essential to safe motoring, and we would urge anybody who has concerns over their vision to contact a specialist. There is no room for complacency when it comes to road safety."

Meanwhile, the number of road accidents which occur in the UK could be reduced substantially if people wear the right contact lenses, according to Dr Sandip Doshi, senior optometrist at The Eyecare Centre in Hove and Optometrist Lead for the Community Eye Service for Brighton & Hove Primary Care Trust.

He said that darker evenings present visual challenges to all drivers, particularly those who require vision correction.

by Adrian Galbreth


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