20 May 2019

86% found to be overdue an eye test, as free health initiative hits CV Show in Birmingham

86% found to be overdue an eye test, as free health initiative hits CV Show in Birmingham: Vision Express’ Vision Van offering free eye tests at the CV Show in Birmingham.

Visitors to the Commercial Vehicle Show at NEC urged to take advantage of free eye tests

A healthcare initiative by Vision Express, offering free eye tests from its award-winning Vision Van at the Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show in Birmingham, has revealed:

  • 86% were overdue an eye test
  • 84% had outdated prescriptions
  • 12% had not had an eye test since passing their driving test
  • 20% of visitors had never had an eye test

Guests and exhibitors at this year’s CV show were warned of the dangers of not looking after their eye health after a staggering number of visitors to the Vision Van were found to be overdue an eye test. Worryingly, 12% confessed to not having had a vision check since passing their driving test.

The Vision Express Vision Van was stationed at the NEC Birmingham for the 2019 show from Tuesday 30th April to Thursday 2nd May, to raise awareness of eye health by offering free eye tests to industry experts.

It was revealed that a shocking 86% of those who took advantage of the free eye test initiative were overdue a test, with 84% requiring a new prescription after testing.

The CV Show is held every year in Birmingham, attracting professionals from the road and transport industry from across the globe – including regular HGV drivers. Despite this, it was discovered that 20% of those who came to see the Vision Van at the exhibition had never had an eye test.

Vision Express launched its brand-new Vision Van last year, and the high-tech mobile eye testing facility is journeying across the UK to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining regular eye tests, especially for drivers.

Dan McGhee, Director of Professional Services at Vision Express, commented: “It’s a huge concern that 86% of visitors to our Vision Van at The CV Show were found to be overdue an eye test – especially as statistics indicate that around 3,000 road casualties every year are due to people driving with below par vision. The statistics from the event highlight that there is a clear need to educate drivers about the importance of regular eye examinations, which can help detect sight- stealing conditions such as macular disease, as well as other health conditions.”

Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, one of the CV Show's three partner organisations, added: “The CV Show is one of the largest transport industry events of its kind and exactly the right audience for Vision Express to reach out to – professional drivers and motoring enthusiasts, plus hauliers, operators and manufacturers – with the crucial message about the importance of regular eye tests.

“For many visitors driving is an integral part of daily life and for some it’s their livelihood. It’s staggering that Vision Express found that a fifth of visitors to the Vision Van had never had their eyes tested, so we know there’s still a very important job to be done to make the UK’s roads safer.”

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About Vision Express

Vision Express is one of the largest optical retailers in the UK and part of GrandVision, the global leader in optical retail operating in more than 40 countries, spanning over 6,500 stores and online.

With almost 600 stores nationwide, Vision Express first opened its doors in Newcastle in 1988. Built on a passion for the profession, it has gone from strength to strength, driven by a commitment to unparalleled customer service and providing the best individual optical care, the right product and great value. Customers can select from a vast range of genuine designer brands and the latest technology lenses, through to complete glasses from £39.

With around 6,000 employees, Vision Express makes a significant difference to the communities it operates within, and the organisations it chooses to support. As part of its commitment to Vision. Taken Seriously, and as a responsible and caring retailer, Vision Express is proud to partner with a range of healthcare charities, which have touched the lives of customers and teams. These companies provide vital support to people affected by vision-related conditions. They are part of the Vision Express Charity Project and include:

  • Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT)
  • International Glaucoma Association
  • Macular Society
  • Stroke Association
  • Temple Street University Hospital
  • Brake