The Vision Van

The Vision Van is a mobile, high-tech testing unit which allows us to take our expertise into local communities. Since 2014 it has offered free eye tests to residents in areas of the UK and Ireland most affected by poor eye health. Outings for the Vision Van usually coincide with health awareness events, such as National Eye Health Week, Macular Week and World Glaucoma Week.

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The Vision Van

Charitable Partnerships

We currently work with six partner charities, whose causes we support through campaigns and activities which aim to raise awareness of important issues - whether related to eye health or helping to deliver value within local communities.

You can find out more about our work with these charities by clicking the links below:

Using our Voice

Putting Eye Health on the Political Agenda

We use our voice and profile to highlight issues that have an impact on the nation’s eye health, with improved road safety being one of our priorities. In 2015, we launched our ‘Eye Tests Save Lives’ campaign, designed to raise general awareness about the importance of good eye health and its role in improving road safety. We lobby policy-makers across the UK, calling for greater leadership in Westminster, the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly to develop initiatives designed to improve public awareness about the importance of good eye health.

With the support of a growing number of campaigning organisations, we are also proud to have secured a number of policy reforms. Following representations we made, the government agreed to include new text about the importance of good driver eye health in reminder letters sent out to anyone who is renewing their photocard driving licence - a change which will reach over 2 million people every year. On Scotland's motorway network, messages reminding drivers about the importance of taking a regular eye test are now on permanent rotation. We are also encouraged by the recent decision by the DVLA to undertake a series of social media awareness-raising campaigns focused on driver eye health.

Over the last twelve months we have met with over 75 policy-makers across the UK and we will continue to press for sensible evidence-based reforms in order to improve road safety and help to reduce injury and loss of life on our roads caused by deficient driver eyesight.

Driving Change

With sights set on making UK roads safer, we joined forces with the Road Haulage Association in 2015 for a healthcare initiative backed by road safety charity, Brake.

As part of the initiative, we put our Vision Van on the road and offered free eye tests to both private and professional drivers during Road Safety Week - stopping at five service stations and truck stops across the country. Of those examined, one in five were referred to their GPs for further tests, while 72% needed a new prescription.