Local Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is supporting calls to improve awareness among Welsh drivers about the importance of having an up-to-date eye test before getting behind the wheel.
Attending an event at the Senedd last week, Nick tested a driving simulator, replicating the experience of driving with glaucoma. The event was hosted by Vision Express to coincide with National Glaucoma Awareness Week.
Speaking after the event, Nick said: “Many people don’t realise that changes in sight can be gradual and experts say that patients suffering from undiagnosed glaucoma can lose up to 40 per cent of their vision before even noticing it.
"Using the driving simulator I experienced for myself just how debilitating and dangerous it can be to driver with impaired vision.
“It’s absolutely right that efforts to improve road safety have focussed on speeding, drug and drink driving as well as driver fatigue and mobile phone use.
“However, there now needs to be a focus on promoting good eye health – after all you wouldn’t get behind the wheel of your car if it didn’t have an up-to-date MOT so why would you put your own life and the lives of others at risk by driving with defective eyesight?”
Jonathan Lawson, Vision Express CEO, said:” Vision Express is calling on the Welsh Government to raise awareness about the importance of regular eye tests for drivers and we would strongly support any efforts to spearhead high profile awareness raising campaigns.”
Caption: Nick pictured with Vision Express optometrist Deepali Modha