Research from Asda Opticians reports that 15% of survey respondents said they had come close to having an accident as a result of not being able to see properly.
Three in five of those surveyed admitted that they struggled to see properly when driving while a quarter of respondents said they squinted when behind the wheel and had difficulties reading road signs.
Close to a third of survey respondents (29%) said that a lack of correct eyewear while driving caused them to struggle with their vision, while one in four (24%) said they had missed an exit because they did not see it.
The survey also found that 9% of respondents did not get their eyes tested every two years as recommended.
Former ‘Stig’ from Top Gear, Ben Collins, highlighted that vision is a driver’s greatest asset.
“Your eyeballs are the most advanced piece of technology riding with you in the car and the easiest to maintain with a check up every other year,” he said.
Of those surveyed, 33% said worsening eyesight would prompt them to book an eye test, while 64% said a letter from their optometrist would encourage them to book an appointment.
The survey results are based on an online questionnaire completed by 2003 UK drivers between 3 and 4 May.
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