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Driving and Vision

The following article is reproduced from the Association of Optometrists web site

If you drive, get tested at least every two years

In the month (November 2012) that saw Olympic gold medal winner, Bradley Wiggins, and his mentor, Shane Sutton, both hospitalised after colliding with vehicles in separate incidents, the AOP helped optometrists to raise awareness of the importance of driving with good vision by urging people to have a sight test during Road Safety Week. Coordinated by charity Brake, Road Safety Week is the UK’s flagship road safety event which took place from 19-25 November.

New research has found that road crashes caused by poor driver vision cost the UK an estimated £33 million a year and result in nearly 2,900 casualties, with official tests to identify and rectify the problem in need of urgent reform.

The AOP is part of a sector-wide Optical Confederation initiative calling for tougher and more frequent checks on drivers’ eyesight. Given the importance of being able to drive with good vision - so that drivers do not put themselves and others at risk unnecessarily - the Confederation believes that all drivers should undergo basic screening for distance vision and field of view, before they get behind the wheel of a car. More information about the driving and vision campaign can be found on the Optical Confederation website, including a new campaign poster for Road Safety Week.

  

Ten key facts for drivers

  1. Your vision can change at any age and at any stage in your driving career. Have your eyes tested regularly, at least every two years, unless advised otherwise by your optometrist.
  2. Commonly reported problems include not seeing road or street signs and difficulties driving in twilight or night conditions, which might indicate an underlying eye condition or disease.
  3. Some eye conditions do not demonstrate symptoms in the early stages so regular sight testing is important to ensure early detection and access to treatment.
  4. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) estimates that, if detected early, half of sight loss can be avoided.
  5. You must notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) of any medical condition which may affect safe driving.
  6. Loss of vision in one eye, loss of peripheral vision (visual field) and double vision can severely affect your ability to drive, even though you may pass the number plate test.
  7. Eye diseases and conditions that affect vision can occur at any age, although they are more common in people aged over 60 and other groups, such as those with a family history of glaucoma and those with diabetes.
  8. Drivers aged 70 years and over must renew their license every 3 years and declare that they still meet the medical standards to drive, including the vision standard.
  9. Visit your optometrist or optician for more information on vision and driving, including the best type of lenses, frames, sunglasses and lens coatings for driving.
  10. A clean windscreen, on the inside and outside, makes it easier to see what is ahead.

 

See also: Optical Confederation
http://www.opticalconfederation.org.uk/activities/driving-and-vision-campaign

 

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