One third of UK drivers admits to having poor vision when driving

More than a third of UK drivers admitted that they could not see properly when they drive, when questioned in a survey.

A surprising 36% of 1,571 drivers told the survey for Sight Care, a support network for independent opticians, that their eyesight was not at an acceptable standard when they were driving.
 
A quarter admitted that they could not see well when driving at night and 11% revealed that their daytime vision was ‘blurry’ when they were in their cars.
 
In terms of new drivers, 5% of those surveyed by the independent market research company, Opinion Matters, admitted that they had struggled to see the registration plate during the brief eyesight assessment which was part of their driving test, but were given their driving licence anyway. The survey results were released to the trade press last week (February 20).
 
Chief executive of Sight Care, Paul Surridge, said: “The figures speak for themselves. Nearly 3,000 people are killed or injured every year in car accidents caused because of poor eyesight. This is tragic, especially considering how easy it is to book an eye test and get most vision problems sorted out.
 
“Our survey shows that more than a third of people admit that their vision isn’t good enough when they are driving. This is pretty shocking when you consider what the consequences could be. We are urging everyone who feels the same to get in touch with their local independent optician and get their eyesight tested as soon as possible.”
 
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care has been partnering with Sight Care for 13 years. Director of professional affairs for the UK and Ireland, Marcella McParland, said: “These survey findings also highlight the importance of visual factors for driving.” 
 
Ms McParland added: “Market research has found that 75% of people described their vision with Acuvue Oasys brand contact lenses as excellent when driving, even at night. As a result, we would advise those who regularly drive to talk to their optometrist about whether they are suitable for contact lenses to help improve their vision on the road.”
 
Sight Care’s annual business conference is next week on Monday (March 3) at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. For details, visit www.sightcare.co.uk
 
 
 
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