Did you know that 80% of vision impairments can be prevented or cured? As we commemorate World Sight Day, we look at ways to make sure vision is on our minds. To find out more, read on.

World Sight Day focuses on raising awareness for global blindness and vision impairment. Vision is never more important than when you are on the road. Keep safe while you’re behind the wheel and make sure your prescription (and those of family and friends) is up to date.

This World Sight Day, global eye specialist, Essilor is putting the focus on drivers’ eyesight whilst asking the world to #PutVisionFirst.

On the road

While having poor vision is never ideal, when it comes to driving, making sure your vision is 100% is paramount. Did you know that in the UK an estimated 1.5 million drivers have never had their eyes tested? Additionally, with the only vision test required for driving being the distance test (having to read a license plate from a certain distance), it does not take declining sight into account, especially when experts recommend having eye tests every two years.

Back in 2016, Essilor launched the #DrivingBlind campaign in a bid to bring awareness to this fact and to help make the roads safer. It therefore seems all the more fitting that their focus this World Sight Day is ensuring that all drivers are able to see clearly while on the road.

How to take care of your eyes

  • Check your vision: Make sure you are regularly testing your eyes. Experts recommend getting an eye test at least once every two years.
  • Wear appropriate glasses: Whether you’re driving or reading, make sure you’re wearing the right eyewear. We’ve got five different options for glasses:
    • Distance: You need glasses to see things in the distance like driving
    • Reading: You need glasses to read things up close like a newspaper
    • Computer: You need glasses for using a computer or for reading things at arm’s length
    • Bifocal: You need glasses to see things up close and in the distance. Bifocals have a visible line separating these different viewing areas.
    • Varifocal: You need glasses to see things up close and in the distance. Varifocals have a smooth, continuous field of vision going from distance to intermediate to near vision.
  • Protect your eyes from glare: Take care of your eyes (and get the most out of your glasses) with special lens coatings like. We have great tint options, antiglare coatings and BlueReflect (that reduces glare and brings visual comfort to the wearer).

#PutVisionFirst created this fun test to check your vision. Give it a go and share it with family, friends and colleagues. Remember this test should not be used to substitute an official eye exam. No matter your results, you should still have your eyes professionally tested at least once every two years. Looking for an eye test? We’ve found some great deals for you.

Help someone in need

To help with the poor vision epidemic, Vision For Life has made it their aim to eradicate poor vision. For every order placed we’ll donate $1 to their non-profit organisation, Buy One, Give One. Vision For Life promises to match this $1 to fund the cost of a pair of glasses that will then be donated to someone in need. In order for a contribution to be made, customers must select the region they wish to donate to. To find out more, check out our Buy One, Give One page.

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