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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.
See also: Optical Confederation
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