Eye specialists would like to see a change in the law that means they could report drivers who they feel are taking to the roads without being able to see properly.

Driving with poor vision?

According to a new poll by Direct Line Insurance, optometrists believe up to 44 per cent of their patients are failing to wear the corrective lenses they have been issued with for driving.

They also fear millions more may be ignoring deterioration in their sight and failing to even visit an optician for a test.

Eight out of ten of those polled said they would like to see comprehensive eye tests become mandatory for drivers of all ages, while 80 per cent would be in favour of more roadside eye tests by police.

Currently, it is the responsibility of individual drivers to inform the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if they feel an eye condition is affecting their ability to drive.

However, half of the optometrists surveyed said they would support changing this so vision professionals would be able to directly report patients if they feel it is in the interest of public safety.

According to Direct Line, 206 motorists were caught with unsatisfactory eyesight by police in roadside tests between January and September 2019, yet figures from Brake suggest road crashes involving a driver with poor eyesight could cause as many as 2,900 casualties per year.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Your eyesight can deteriorate without you even realising it, so it’s essential to go for tests regularly. And if your optician issues you with glasses, you really must wear them.”

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