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There should be compulsory eye tests for over 50's


¿ unsure ¿

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who hold a driving licence. They should be tested every 5 years till they are 60 and then ever 2 years till 70. Then ever year.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249550/Almost-6-000-drivers-licences-torn-SEE-road-properly.html

How many do you see with their face pushed right up to the windscreen.

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sunnystaines

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most people over 50 wear glasses, therefore they will have yearly eye tests.

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spider9

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Far more important to have psychological testing, im my opinion. Any driver seen wearing a flat tweed cap or reversed baseball cap should immediately be committed. Happy New Year to all.

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spuds

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marvin42

Perhaps having as a legal requirement, 'P' or 'R' plates displayed for the first twelve months after passing a test should be considered first?.

spider9

I often wear a flat cap, does that mean I should be committed?.

But perhaps taking this a step further, I recall the days when it seemed an offshoot of Bomber Command had got behind a steering wheel, with the caps, gloves and scarves brigade. Perhaps vehicle heating put paid to that, as you don't see much of it nowadays :O)

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wee eddie

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Failing eyesight is obviously a potential problem.

However, a bigger problem is the ability to process the information that enters the eye.

It's called 'Concentration'

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Bing.alau

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I like Quickbeam's post at 10.57 I had a good giggle at that. I also think wee eddie is right when he says concentration is the key. WVM also makes a good point about cleaning the windscreen, some vehicles are a disgrace and make me wonder what kind of a house they live in.

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flycatcher1

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Yesterday my wife, who is 83, popped in to the Opticians to make an appointment for an eye test. She described her situation and they insisted on an immediate check by an expert. Result, a thorough check and a letter for a second opinion at the Eye Hospital. Not an emergency but something that needs investigation in the near future.

I know that we are not allowed to advertise but we have found SpecSavers to be excellent for service, reasonable charges and a pleasant professional attitude.

Some people we know who have dodgy eyesight are slow to wear glasses because of vanity - they do not want to look "old". Men are often worse than women.

Bing-alau I will catch you up in four days, at least in age if nothing else.

Best wishes for 2013 to all and sundry.

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spider9

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spuds *" I often wear a flat cap, does that mean I should be committed?."*

Absolutely, without question.

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¿ unsure ¿

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flycatcher1

On the subject of SpecSavers. 8 years ago I went for my biennial examination. The examiner said I should make an immediate appointment with my doctor to get my cholesterol checked as he could see it was very high just by looking into my eye. When tested by the nurse it was 8.9, changed diet and use lipitor.

For the last 6 years it has been between 3.9 and 4.5.

At 62 I get my eyes tested every 2 years. I am lucky that I just need reading glasses.

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Chronos the 2nd

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Quickbeam and spider9 please stop bringing humour to this forum, you should know by now that to certain members this is frowned on.

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oresome

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A friend visited a high street optician for replacement glasses and was duly tested and prescribed.

She was still having difficulty with her sight, so went back and was seen by a second examiner and a new prescription and glasses made.

Still having difficulty with her sight, she got her money back and went to another high street optician. He couldn't fathom how the previous two had arrived at their prescriptions and duly produced a third and glasses to match.

Still having problems with her sight she returned again and was eventually referred to the NHS.

On seeing the NHS specialist after several weeks wait, she was immediately diagnosed as having cateracts in both eyes.

So that's three examinations by high street opticians and all failed to diagnose the problem.

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