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Drive safely with the EyeWay Code

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn welcomes the ‘EyeWay Code’, launched by the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) as part of its 2011 ‘CAN U C 2 DRIVE’ Campaign. This UK-based charity announces the ‘EyeWay Code’ as part of its drive to tackle the risks of glaucoma- one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in the country.


Meg has been raising road safety issues for some time, specifically about the health of driver’s eyes after being contacted by constituent Joy Barnes. Joy’s niece was tragically killed by an 80 year old driver with an undiagnosed eye condition, who had never had an eye test. 


Currently the government does not believe that mandatory re-testing for older drivers is the way forward. Instead they favour an approach which ‘helps aging drivers retain their skills.’


Meg said:


“I warmly welcome ‘The Eyeway Code’ report published by the International Glaucoma Association as part of their 2011 ‘CAN U C 2 DRIVE’ campaign. It is vital that we understand the risk of glaucoma and have regular eye tests to protect our vision, as well as our driving licences.


Worryingly the report confirms that almost 20% of 40-49 year olds have not been for a sight test in 5 years or more; a serious risk on the roads for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.


Glaucoma doesn’t necessarily mean the ‘end of the road’ for drivers.  Early diagnosis and compliance with recommended treatments can add on average 12 years good sight. Most drivers with glaucoma can normally continue to drive safely and with confidence.”


Glaucoma affects thousands of people in the UK, yet it is estimated that over half the people concerned are undiagnosed and untreated.


The EyeWay Code is both simple and short, with four parts:

1. Glaucoma the disease and driving: explains what the condition is, how it affects vision and who is at risk.

2. ‘Road test your eyes’: The code show how and why most adults over 40 should ‘roadtest’ their eyes. Taking a pit-stop at a local optician where an optometrist can carry out the first line of testing for the disease is a key step in avoiding unnecessary sight loss.

3. ‘Road map to treatment’: If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, the code explains the ‘road map to treatment’. This is the best way to ‘slow down’ the progression of the disease. In addition, the booklet explains the responsible steps you need to take regarding the DVLA. Glaucoma does not necessarily mean the ‘end of the road’ for drivers.

4. Call to action: ‘Get into gear with glaucoma’: The results of the research carried out by this summer is shared, which show that despite most adult drivers fearing the life changing consequences of losing the ability to drive, many are blind to the risk of developing glaucoma.


To download the EyeWay Code visit: www.glaucoma-association.com


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