‘Adequate eye care for drivers needed to ensure road safety’

Metro Desk

24 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Speakers at a programme on Saturday stressed the need for adequate eye care services for the drivers of public transport with an aim to ensure road safety.

They were speaking at a survey result dissemination programme at the headquarters of Manabik Shahajya Sangstha (MSS) in the capital.

According to the survey, 73.3 percent public transport drivers experienced problems in both eyes while 12.22 percent in right and 14.49 percent in left eyes.

Of the total, 17.61 percent wore powered eyeglasses, 78.69 percent did not use any glasses and an only 3.69 percent wore sunglasses.

Striking 31.53 percent reported eyes aching, 57.95 percent reported watering eyes and 32.24 percent reported irritation in eyes.

The survey also said a total of 75.6 percent reported challenges using mobile phones and reading the newspaper while 30.97 percent reported challenges reading road signs and banners.

The Eye Care Project of Manabik Shahajya Sangstha (ECP-MSS) conducted the survey on 500 drivers of different mode of public transport in several truck and bus terminals in the capital from January 1 to 20, 2019.

Mentionable, the ECP-MSS is going to launch a new project titled ‘Healthy Eyes for Road Safety’ with an aim to ensure healthy eyes for public transport drivers and thus to ensure safe roads.