Visual impairment and road safety among older road users

The College has led the development of an independent report funded under the Department for Transport’s Road Safety for Older Road Users Research funding stream. 

The results of the study show an association between injury-collisions and visual impairment and health, especially in road users over 6o. 

Report aims and objectives

  • To examine the current attitudes, knowledge, behaviour and confidence of optometrists regarding advising patients about their visual fitness to drive
  • Identify how vision and health contribute to injury collisions for older and younger road users
  • To develop recommendations for ways in which optometrists can improve their approach to advising patients who do not meet the driving standards
  • To provide evidence for the need for regular eyesight testing to improve road safety.

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