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Poor-sighted drivers hitting roads

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Drivers are taking to the roads even though they cannot see properly, risking accidents which would cause their car insurance premiums to rise, a new study has revealed.

Millions of drivers aged between 35 and 55 are regularly taking the car out despite not being able to see adequately, the College of Optometrists says.

Researchers said one in five (20%) of UK middle-aged drivers has travelled knowing that they have poor eyesight. Over a quarter (28%) admitted that they put off going for a sight test for up to six months after noticing their eyesight had deteriorated - and 21% put it off for up to 5 years.

Nearly half the people asked said that wearing glasses would make them feel older and others said that hassle and the cost of glasses and contact lenses were reasons for avoiding the optician.

The study showed that middle-aged men are the worst culprits when it comes to looking after their eyes, with almost one in three stating they wouldn't go for a sight test if they noticed a deterioration in their eyesight.

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