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AOP research shows tougher laws still needed on vision for driving

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is encouraging optical professionals across the sector to support this year’s Road Safety Week (19-25 November) by sharing its “Don’t swerve a sight test” campaign resources.

The call comes in response to the AOP’s most recent survey findings which reveal an increase in the number of motorists being asked to stop driving because of the risk they pose to themselves and others – up 2% on 2018. Almost 40% (37%) of optometrists in the UK have seen as many as two patients in the last month who continue to drive despite being told their vision is below the legal standard. The campaign, first launched in 2017, calls for a law change that requires all UK drivers to have a comprehensive vision check to prove they meet the legal standard when they first apply for their licence and then every 10 years thereafter, or more frequently after 70. UK regulation on the issue remains among the most relaxed in Europe.