National Eye Health Week takes place between 24th and 30th September 2018, which aims to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye tests.
Good eyesight is vital when using the road, no matter what age you are. Drivers and motorcyclists must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres if the vehicle was registered before September 2001) wearing glasses or contact lenses if required.
If you’re finding it difficult to read road signs, particularly those with text, it could indicate that your eyesight has deteriorated and you may require corrective lenses. If you’re finding it harder to see clearly in the dark, this may also mean you need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
Although eyesight often gets worse as we get older, eye conditions can develop at any age. Glaucoma and cataracts are well-known but other age-related diseases, if left untreated, can also affect your ability to use the road safely. During an eye test, other health conditions that you may not yet be aware of, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, could also be detected – another reason to have regular checks.
Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales, said: “We would recommend having an eye test every two years, or more often if your optician suggests it. This can not only help to make sure you meet the minimum eyesight standards for driving or riding but may also identify some conditions early before they develop. Please be aware that if you drive with eyesight below the minimum legal standard you could face a fine of up to £1000.
“Road Safety Wales will be supporting National Eye Health Week through its website and social media channels, giving reminders of the importance of regular eye tests and common conditions that could compromise the safety of all road users.”