The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has ranked driving more than 25,000 miles per year the third most dangerous job in the United Kingdom behind deep sea diving and coal mining, Optician reports.
And a quarter of British people who drive for work are not having regular eye tests, new research conducted on behalf of Vision Express has found.
The YouGov research also showed that 6 per cent of drivers had not had an eye examination in at least ten years and 2 per cent admitted to never having their eyes examined.
Of the research respondents, 13 per cent stated they would not inform the driving licence authority if their eyesight was too poor to drive, with 39 per cent saying their job would be at risk if their eyesight did not meet minimum requirements for driving. The research highlighted the potential danger those drivers pose to other road users.
Mr Jonathan Lawson, Vision Express chief executive officer, said: “Many don’t realise that changes in sight can be gradual, and it’s possible to lose up to 40 per cent of your vision before even noticing. Tellingly, the vast majority (93 per cent) of drivers in our research believed they did meet the legal eyesight requirement for driving, yet over half (56 per
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