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Haine & Smith are reminding drivers of the importance of having a regular eye test to avoid unnecessary risk to themselves and others.

A report published this November has estimated that every year in the UK more than 2,000 crashes are caused by drivers with poor vision, resulting in almost 2,900 casualties [1].

According to road safety charity, Brake the most common cause of poor driver eyesight is likely to be people not getting regular eye-tests and not wearing the right prescription glasses. Eye disease can be a significant cause too, particularly if left undiagnosed and untreated.

Barry Smith, Senior Partner says; “Eye sight should be tested regularly throughout a driver’s lifetime as vision deterioration or problems won’t always be obvious. Research suggests it’s possible to lose up to 40% of your vision before you even realise there’s an issue [2]. This is why opticians recommend everyone has an eye test at least every two years, or sooner if there any signs of problems”.

Sources/ Research: [1] Fit to Drive: a cost benefit analysis of more frequent eye sight testing for UK drivers, RSA Insurance Group plc, 2012 . [2] RNIB, 2009. World Glaucoma Day, London: Royal National Institute for the Blind.