Older drivers in Clackmannanshire are being encouraged to get their eyes tested in a new Scottish Government campaign. 

The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland have launched a new campaign encouraging motorists aged 60 to consider their driving habits and have a free regular NHS eye examination so they can continue driving safely. 

Janet Pooley, Chief Optometric Adviser, said: “As we get older, we can experience changes to our eyesight, including blurred vision, a reduced visual field and less accuracy when it comes to judging distances, which impact our ability to drive safely."

With recent stats showing that 29 per cent of car driver casualties killed or seriously injured in road collisions were over 60, the Fitness to Drive campaign highlights that eyesight can affect the way we drive as we get older and calls for anyone over 60 to have their eyes examined regularly, or as soon as they notice a change. 

It's common for drivers to adapt their driving behaviour as they get older, for example, by not driving at night or on busier roads to avoid the glare from oncoming traffic, or by driving shorter distances.

These adaptations often happen gradually and can be a sign of deteriorating vision.

Ms Pooley continued: "The best way to make sure your eyes are healthy is to have them examined regularly and to visit your local optometrist if you notice any problems with your eyesight."

Drivers are encouraged to plan for when they do choose to give up driving and consider alternatives for getting around without a car, including public transport and getting help from family members and friends.

Minister for Transport Fiona Hyslop added: "Changes in our eyesight is something we’re all affected by as we get older, and with Scotland's population continuing to age, it's particularly important to ensure we all stay safe on the road.

"We’re encouraging everyone in this age group to get their eyes checked regularly to make sure they are fit to drive."

More information about the campaign or how to book a free NHS eye examination can be found here.