With the festive season well underway and more motorists out on the roads, Specsavers Ryde is urging locals to undergo a routine eye examination to make sure their eye sight meets the required standard for driving.
Having good eyesight is a basic requirement of safe driving. Poor vision increases your risk of crashing, for obvious reasons: if you cannot see well, you may not see a hazard or person in time to stop or you may not be able to respond to the environment around you at all.
Road crashes caused by poor driver vision are estimated to cause 2,900 casualties per year.
Tim Kidd, Specsavers Ryde store director says: ‘‘Good vision is vital when it comes to safety on our roads and by driving with poor vision you could be putting your life and the lives of others in jeopardy.
‘Although the most common cause of poor driver eyesight is people not getting regular eye tests, and not wearing the right prescription glasses, eye disease can also be a contributing factor. Although more common in the over 50s, problems such as glaucoma, cataracts and diabetes could affect a driver’s vision.