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​Drivers putting their health and other road users at risk – finds Woodall services eye test initiative

Press release   •   Jul 25, 2017 13:21 BST

A Clowne motorist who had his eyesight checked last week for the first time in over 40 years, is urging other drivers to ensure their vision is road-worthy – as a third of those tested at a free vision screening initiative by Vision Express were revealed to be overdue an eye test by at least 20 years.

Vision Express visited M1 Southbound Woodall Welcome Break services on Friday 21 July as part of a UK tour, in a bid to encourage drivers to put having an eye test on their checklist of holiday essentials this summer. The initiative came following new research[1] by the national optician, which reveals there will be increased pressure on the nation’s roads, with 50% of all Brits choosing to have their main holiday in the UK in 2017.

Gary Mills was advised to book in for a full eye test as soon as possible after his free sight screening revealed he most likely needed glasses for driving. Gary, who works at Woodall services, noticed he was having difficulty reading small text after being at work each day.

“I haven’t had my eyes tested in over 40 years – not since 1976. I drive every day and while I didn’t think I was struggling, following my screening, I think perhaps I am. I used to love driving at night but I get dazzled a lot now, so I don’t know if it’s the poor vision that’s causing that.”

Two thirds of those tested during the event were found to be potentially endangering themselves and other road users by neglecting to have a regular eye test, with 50% admitting to not having their sight checked since passing their driving test – including Gary.

He adds: “I can’t wait to see if wearing glasses improves my sight and helps me enjoy driving again. To anyone who hasn’t had their eyes tested in a while, I would say stop in at Vision Express and have an optometrist take a serious look at your eyes.”

As part of the campaign, Vision Express, in partnership with road safety charity Brake, also released survey findings[2], showingmore than a quarter of drivers in Yorkshire and the Humber are overdue an eye test and 3% have never had one.

And when it comes to planning a long journey, drivers from the region are more likely to spend time stocking their vehicles with drinks and snacks (33%) and making sure they have music for their journey (16%), than checking their vision is road-worthy by having a recent eye test (6%).

Those who missed Vision Express’ Welcome Break pit stop can still benefit from a free eye test by downloading an online voucher from the Vision Express website: The voucher can be redeemed until 31 August 2017 at any of approximately 400 Vision Express stores across the UK.

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[1] Survey conducted by OnePoll, July 2017, among 2,000 drivers who have holidayed or will be holidaying in the UK this summer

[2] Survey conducted by OnePoll, July 2017, among 2,000 drivers who have holidayed or will be holidaying in the UK this summer

About Vision Express

Vision Express is one of the largest optical retailers in the UK and part of GrandVision,the global leader in optical retail operating in more than 40 countries, spanning over 6,500 stores and online.

With almost 400 stores nationwide, Vision Express first opened its doors in Newcastle in 1988. Built on a passion for the profession, it has gone from strength to strength, driven by a commitment to unparalleled customer service and providing the best individual optical care, the right product and great value. Customers can select from a vast range of genuine designer brands and the latest technology lenses, through to complete glasses from £39.

With around 4,500 employees, Vision Express makes a significant difference to the communities it operates within, and the organisations it chooses to support. As part of its commitment to Vision. Taken Seriously, and as a responsible and caring retailer, Vision Express is proud to partner with a range of healthcare charities, which have touched the lives of customers and teams. These companies provide vital support to people affected by vision-related conditions. They are part of the Vision Express Charity Project and include:

  • Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT)
  • International Glaucoma Association
  • Macular Society
  • Stroke Association
  • Temple Street University Hospital
  • Brake