One In Five Middle-Aged Drivers Struggle To Read Road Signs

New data has revealed one in five middle-aged Aussies are struggling to read road signs while they're behind the wheel.

The survey, commissioned by Optometry Australia, found 19 per cent of respondents aged 35 to 54 struggle to read signs while driving.

Twenty-two per cent of the 1,000 drivers who were surveyed admitted they squint at night "to see better".

A further 15 per cent confessed squinting during the daytime while driving, according to the survey released on Thursday.

Another concerning finding showed one-third of Australians had never heard of myopia (nearsightedness) despite its growing prevalence.

Optometrists say people should get regular eye checks despite symptoms. Image: Getty

Myopia is a common vision impairment where objects nearby are shown clearly but those further away are blurry.

The condition has increased in recent years and is expected to impact half the world by 2050.

While the majority of Australians understand the benefits of eye checks, one in eight has never seen an optometrist in their life.

Optometrist Sophie Koh told the ABC the survey supports a view that some are "in denial" about the state of their vision and avoid driving at night.



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Koh recommended people get regular eye checks and children sit an eye exam before starting school.

"A lot of children, for example, are happy with the way they see and don't know they have a vision problem because that's the way they've always seen," Koh said.

"We know a lot of eye problems are undetected. But most eye diseases — 75 to 90 per cent — are preventable."

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