Regular Eye Tests Would Make Roads Safer

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BRITAIN’S most-trusted optician is urged drivers to book regular eye examinations in a bid to reduce road accidents.

Specsavers Opticians UK

Specsavers Opticians UK

Research by Brunel University and Royal Sun Alliance (RSA) has revealed that one in five road users have not had an eye test in the past two years.

BRITAIN’S most-trusted optician¹ is urged drivers to book regular eye examinations in a bid to reduce road accidents.

Specsavers is also calling for more stringent vision standards to be introduced for the nation’s 31 million motorists, including compulsory eye tests at regular intervals after the issue of a driving licence.

According to Specsavers, road users should follow the advice from the College of Optometrists and go for an eye examination every two years unless specified by your optometrist. The Law currently requires driving test candidates to be able to read a number plate at 20 metres, for vehicles with a new-style plate, or 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style plate. There are no further compulsory eyesight checks for UK drivers.

Research by Brunel University and Royal Sun Alliance (RSA) has revealed that one in five road users have not had an eye test in the past two years. It also proved that motorists with the minimal legal vision for driving strayed out of their lane 62 per cent more often and could recognise only 77 per cent of the road signs they passed.

Specsavers is a long term campaigner for safer roads and continues to work with national road safety charity Brake, to raise awareness of the link between vision and road safety.

¹ Specsavers was voted Britain’s most trusted brand of opticians for the eleventh year running by the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands survey 2012.

Issued by MEC Interaction on behalf of Specsavers

Specsavers notes to editors                                 

  •     Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world
  •     The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director
  •     Specsavers has more than 1,600 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
  •     Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group was £1.36 billion for 2009/10 and is forecast to reach £1.55 billion in 2010/11.
  •     Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners. Together, they offer both optical and hearing services under one roof.
  •     Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
  •     Specsavers was voted Britain’s most trusted brand of opticians for the ninth year running by the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands survey 2011
  •     More than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * – 9,700,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2009
  •     Specsavers was ranked No 1 for both eye tests and glasses in the UK *
  •     Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world
  •     Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offers a hearing service from more than 400 locations
  •     Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. During its three-year support for Diabetes UK it raised more than £250,000 to fund various projects
  •     Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas, for use in developing countries. Specsavers has raised over £370,000 for the charity since 2006, with almost £245,000 going towards its work in Zambia.

*GfK NOP

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