Road Safety Wales is encouraging motorists to have an eye test every two years, or more often if suggested by an optician, as part of a national campaign.
National Eye Health Week (24-30 Sept) aims to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye tests.
Road Safety Wales says good eyesight is vital when using the road, adding that although eyesight often deteriorates with age, eye conditions can develop at any time of live.
Learner drivers must prove they can read a number plate from a distance of 20m (65ft) during their practical test – and are then legally responsible for ensuring their sight remains good enough to drive thereafter.
However, there have been repeated calls for better regulation of eyesight tests for drivers – including by the Driving Blind Campaign who says drivers should be tested by an optician before their driving test and at every subsequent licence renewal application.
Yhe Association of Optometrists estimates that there are 3,000 casualties on UK roads every year where poor vision is a ‘key factor’.
Teresa Ciano, chair of Road Safety Wales, said: “We would recommend having an eye test every two years, or more often if your optician suggests it.
“This can not only help to make sure you meet the minimum eyesight standards for driving or riding, but may also identify some conditions early before they develop.
“Please be aware that if you drive with eyesight below the minimum legal standard you could face a fine of up to £1000.
“Road Safety Wales is supporting National Eye Health Week through its website and social media channels, giving reminders of the importance of regular eye tests and common conditions that could compromise the safety of all road users.”