Health Minister Andrew Lansley received a largely warm reception from opticians yesterday, when he demanded eye tests become more difficult, in an effort to reverse falling sight standards.
Lansley hit out at easy-to-remember sequences and oversized letters, which he claimed ‘dumbed down’ the test and was the main reason the UK had slipped down the league table of seeing small things at a distance.
‘This is a direct result of the previous government’s short-sighted focus on targets. What the country needs now is a government with vision.’
However not all opticians have faith in Lansley’s proposed reforms. Benjamin Stark, an optician from Stroud, said the idea ‘could make things better, worse or just the same. Better. Worse. Or just the same.’