Published: 5 March 2012 at 09:52
Taxi drivers volunteer to have vision tested for Anglia Ruskin research project.
Experts from Anglia Ruskin University’s Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences have hit the road to carry out their latest research.
Dr Keziah Latham, Dr Sheila Rae and Liam Kite set up a mobile clinic at Trumpington Park & Ride in Cambridge after being invited to South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Private Hire “Stop Day”.
As well as assessing whether the taxi drivers meet the required standards, the tests also form part of an ongoing research project by the department comparing the standard letter charts used by optometrists to the number plate recognition test used by driving examiners.
Dr Latham, a Senior Lecturer in Optometry & Ophthalmic Dispensing, said:
In a survey carried out last year by The College of Optometrists, a fifth of drivers admitted to having driven knowing that their vision isn’t as good as it should be and 16 per cent hadn’t undergone an eye test in the previous two years.