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Get Yourself Seen advice on eye tests

Post on 3rd November 2017

Turning the clocks back is a sure sign that winter and trickier driving challenges are on the way.

If you find yourself having to concentrate more as fading light and shorter days make it more difficult to see, it’s probably a good time to have a sight test. Drivers need optimum vision for their own safety and the safety of other road users.

The Scrivens ‘Get Yourself Seen’ awareness campaign has been launched to encourage drivers to have their eyes tested, especially during the winter months.

Our research has found that drivers are more likely to hang up their keys at this time of year because of concerns including driving in the dark and snowy conditions.

It’s not unusual for changes to your vision to be more noticeable during autumn and winter. Don’t ignore these signs is our message and get yourself seen at your opticians.

Vision does deteriorate with age, with the 40-plus group particularly at risk, but it can be corrected and give people back confidence they may have lost.

With around 2,900 casualties every year caused by drivers with poor vision, regular sight tests are vital.

There are other changes we can make at this time of year too such as using sunglasses with a dark tint to guard against the blinding glare that can be experienced on bright sunny days. Keeping your windscreen clean and the water levels topped up, and using a vehicle’s sun visors where necessary will also help.

If you have any concerns about your eye health or would like to book a sight test, please call into your local Scrivens branch.