A study by the College of Optometrists in London found that 20% of motorists aged 35-55 are aware they cannot see clearly. Middle-aged men are the worst culprits, with one in three admitting they would never go for an eye test.
A quarter said they ‘couldn’t be bothered’ to get a check-up, while 18 % said glasses or contacts were too expensive. And half claimed they were worried glasses would make them look older.
The study, which quizzed 4,053 people, found 28% put off a test for up to six months after noticing their sight deteriorate. And 21% put it off for up to five years.
Driving with uncorrected defective vision carries a fine of up to £1,000, three points and a possible ban.
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