Foss in charge of another clusterwhatsit


The Ministry of Transport has proposed a one-off vision test for drivers when they first apply. For renewals, people would simply have to declare they can see properly.

I beg your pardon?

Eyesight testing for licence renewals has been controversial. The majority of people who fail the tests are later told by their optometrists that their vision is fine for driving.

Studies done for the ministry have found there are few safety benefits from frequent eye tests, and a discussion paper said the changes could save up to $13.7 million over the next two decades, mainly through cutting time spent travelling to licensing agents.

The studies found people who failed vision tests and were forced to wear glasses were no safer on the roads than before they failed. People with undiagnosed eyesight problems were at no more risk of crashing.

“The studies, which suggest there is no discernible road safety benefit from the current frequency of vision testing, are one input into the decision-making process,” ministry communications team leader Lesley Reidy said.

However, optometrist Jack Crawford questioned those studies, and said vision safety should not be sacrificed for a more convenient system, “especially when the science behind it isn’t that strong”.

Younger people could face rapid deterioration in their eyesight from shortsightedness, and older people from cataracts.

“Everybody gets cataracts over the age of 60 to one extent or another, and that can make your eyes change quite unpredictably, and often quite quickly.”

An unexpected effect of mandatory testing was that it revealed previously undetected eye problems, such as glaucoma, “that could well have blinded” people.

“I know that wasn’t the intention of the screening system, but it has been of benefit to many people.”

He feared online declarations could be undermined by a lack of “integrity, or self-awareness”.

Reidy said that, if people made a false declaration under the Crimes Act, they could face up to three years in prison.

That will be a safe place to hide while the families of the kids you ran over are trying to kill you.

The optometry and ophthalmology medical professions can work out where Foss is going with this.

Just as everyone thinks they are an above average driver, everyone thinks their eyesight is mint until it isn’t, and they hit a parked car.   Or worse.

– Stuff

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