Specsavers drive home the importance of perfect vision ahead of Irish Road Safety Week WITH Irish Road Safety Week taking place from Monday1 to Sunday7 October, Specsavers is calling on drivers to keep themselves and pedestrians safe on Irish roads. Perfect vision is essential for driving; without it, you are endangering not only yourself but other motorists, passengers and pedestrians. In the period between January to December 2017, there were 142 fatal collisions resulting in 157 fatalities on Irish roads. In a bid to assist with reducing this figure, Specsavers is encouraging drivers to visit their local store this Road Safety Week for an eye exam.

Regular eye checks

Specsavers optometrists recommend that eye tests should be carried out every two years for most people and annually for anyone over 60. Regular eye examinations are the only way to be sure that vision is adequate for driving and test visual acuity (sight over distance) along with peripheral vision and the ability to switch focus between near and far objects such as the dashboard controls and the road.

Importance of good vision on the road

Chairman of Specsavers Ireland Kerril Hickey commented; ‘Good vision whilst driving is vital and it is essential for drivers to undergo routine eye examinations in order to be safe on the road. When driving, it is important to have clear and comfortable vision as our eyes allow us to position the vehicle, gauge our speed, see potential hazards and manoeuvre the vehicle. At Specsavers, our staff are always on hand offering advice and information on the importance of wearing the correct prescription eyewear when driving.’

Driving with care in winter

With the cooler season approaching and the return of wintery conditions, it is important to note that sun glare can also be a contributing factor to some road accidents. With low-angled sun resulting in potential sun-blindness, Specsavers recommend that drivers talk to their local optometrist about combatting the effects of this by opting for a pair of polarized sunglasses while driving.

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