New Year’s Resolutions

by | Feb 3, 2016 | Health & Your Eyes |

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FOLLOWING CASSIE’S LAW POLICE CAN NOW DO AN ON THE SPOT CAR NUMBER PLATE SIGHT TEST.IF FAILED THE DRIVERS LICENCE CAN BE REVOKED THERE AND THEN.

 

How many of us in January make New Year’s resolutions? Often these are about our lifestyle choices – to lose weight, go the gym more regularly or to stop smoking. Have you considered your eye sight? Is it one of those things on your ‘to do list’ and another year has passed but you will do it tomorrow……. Have you considered how you would cope if you lost your sight?

 

A recent survey of 1,000 drivers found 26% have not had an eye test in the last two years and 3% – the equivalent to more than one million UK drivers have never had one. Eye examinations can provide a vital early warning of problems, that undetected, can have potentially serious consequences. For example diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol that could lead to cardiovascular disease. You should still have regular eye tests even if you think your vision is ok or even if you don’t drive.

 

You may know you need spectacles or contact lenses for driving, but may not always wear them or may be using an out-of-date prescription. If you haven’t had an eye examination in the last 2 years, don’t take it for granted that your eyesight is adequate. If you drive with vision that doesn’t meet legal standards you could be putting yourself, your passengers, other road users and pedestrians in danger.

 

I am supporting a campaign called ‘Think About Your Eyes’, encouraging drivers to consider their own vision by getting their eyes tested every two years, to make sure their vision meets the legal standard for driving. I would encourage non drivers to have a test at this interval as well.

 

Your eyesight is vital. A standard eye test is half an hour of your life every two years. Don’t put off an appointment today when it could be too late tomorrow.

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