When was the last time you had your eyes tested?
Call for mandatory eye examinations for drivers
Road safety organistation GEM Motoring Assist have called on the government to introduce mandatory eye tests as part of the process for renewing driving licence photocards every 10-years.
Eyesight typically deteriorates with age. Common conditions like cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and macular degeneration can effect both central and peripheral vision.
With many people continuing to drive into their 80s and beyond, there is an obvious problem, compounded by increasing volumes of traffic and other driving distractions.
GEM’s road safety officer Neil Worth, says (in the UK): “poor eyesight is linked to more than 3,000 fatal and serious injury collisions every year. We are worried that there are just too many people driving whose eyesight has deteriorated to an unacceptable level.”
Driver eyesight is currently only tested when someone qualifies for their full licence; typically when they're younger and their eyesight is in good condition. The test involves reading a numberplate at 20.5 metres (67 feet).
Professional eye checks are able to measure distance reading, clarity of vision and field of view. They are also useful in identifying conditions that can potentially be treated.
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