Driv­ers ig­nore ad­vice of eye ex­perts

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Mo­torists should face com­pul­sory sight tests ev­ery 10 years, eye ex­perts have said.

More than a third (35%) of op­tometrists have seen pa­tients in the last month who con­tinue to drive de­spite be­ing told their vi­sion is be­low the le­gal stan­dard, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­a­tion of Op­tometrists (AOP).

There is no manda­tory eye exam apart from hav­ing to read a num­ber plate on a parked ve­hi­cle at the start of the prac­ti­cal driv­ing test.

This means a 17-year-old may con­tinue to drive for the rest of their life with no fur­ther checks.

A Depart­ment for Trans­port spokes­woman said: “If a driver ex­pe­ri­ences changes to their eye­sight or has a con­di­tion which may af­fect their driv­ing, they must make the DVLA aware of this.”

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