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Third of drivers have 'substandard' eyesight

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Up to a third of British motorists could be driving with substandard eyesight, research has suggested.

The findings came from screening tests carried out on visitors to Specsavers Corporate Eyecare's Drive Safe roadshows, throwing up worrying implications for road safety.

Two-fifths of those screened admitted they hadn't had their vision tested within the recommended two-year timeframe. And over 80% of those failing to meet the legal standard of vision for driving said they did not know their sight was failing, claiming it was good enough to drive safely.

Previous studies have estimated the proportion of motorists with eyesight below the legal standard for driving at about one in six.

With the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stating that an employer's duty of care covers driving for any work purposes - even an occasional short journey for a meeting - the findings could also have implications for many companies, including those with car leasing agreements.

Firms are advised to have comprehensive eyecare policies in place. Specsavers Corporate Eyecare's corporate account manager Laura Butler added: "Employers making the simple but crucial step of introducing regular eye examinations for all drivers are likely to gain on many levels."

published: 16/01/2013 17:00:00

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