Vision Impact Institute Urges Legislators to Prioritize Good Vision to Improve Road Safety

Monday, February 4, 2019 Environmental Health
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Good vision is missing from road safety discussion

DALLAS, Feb. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vision

Impact Institute is urging Indian lawmakers and advocates to continue their commitment to creating safer roads by prioritizing good vision on the road during this Road Safety Week and beyond.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO),

more people are killed in India due to road accidents than anywhere else in the world.  That's a human cost of 231,000 people per year and an economic cost of three percent of GDP. With increased cars, pedestrians, cyclists, and others on the roads, the problem will not improve.

"We know that about 90 percent of the information an individual takes in while driving comes from visual inputs. It is imperative that we all receive the most accurate information through our eyes," says Kristan Gross, Global Executive Director, Vision Impact Institute. "We urge legislators to prioritize the requirement of an eye exam as part of the drivers licensing process, especially for commercial drivers."

According to preliminary results from a study conducted in 2017 in Delhi by the Central Road Research Institute, at least three in every 10 drivers had poor distance vision, while half of the drivers surveyed had poor near vision. And another recent study shows the link between drivers in India with unacceptable vision and crash involvement. These drivers were found to have an 81 percent road crash involvement rate - 30 percent higher than drivers with good vision.

"In the discussion on road safety, the topic often centers, as it should, on reducing distractions while driving – fixing potholes, discouraging phone use, and eliminating alcohol. Poor vision on the road is also a distraction, as drivers and pedestrians must make adjustments to be able to see clearly," says Gross. "Poor vision has a place in this same conversation and in wider discussions about road safety."

About the Vision Impact Institute The Vision Impact Institute's mission is to raise awareness of the importance of vision correction and protection to make good vision a global priority. Its Advisory Board is comprised of five independent international experts: Pr. Kevin Frick (United States), Pr. Clare Gilbert (United Kingdom), Pr. Kovin Naidoo (South Africa), Mr. Arun Bharat Ram (India), and Dr. Wang Wei (China).

The Vision Impact Institute is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which receives support from the Vision for Life Fund from Essilor, the world leader in ophthalmic optics. The Vision Impact Institute hosts an interactive web platform, a unique database of research, available at visionimpactinstitute.org.

Contact InformationAndrea Kirsten-ColemanGlobal Communications and Awareness Manager andrea.kirsten@visionimpactinstitute.org



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