Over a quarter of drivers in Exmouth could be at risk of facing road hazards due to an eye condition.

Road Safety Awareness Week (November 19-25) sparks warnings from Exmouth Specsavers that 27% of locals live with an eye condition called astigmatism.

The condition, making night-time driving especially problematic, can cause blurred or distorted sight from light beams.

Ria Heskins, director at the Specsavers Exmouth store, said: "Driving at night can be difficult enough for those with 20:20 vision, for people with astigmatism it’s even more challenging."

She urged vigilance as shorter daylight hours approach, pressing the need to be aware of changes in sight and to recognise astigmatism symptoms.

Exmouth Journal: Exmouth Specsavers say that 27% of locals live with an eye condition called astigmatism

The condition results from an irregularly shaped cornea or lens, causing vision problems and making everyday tasks a potential threat.

Ms Heskins added: "Astigmatism can present a range of symptoms, including headaches, regularly having to squint to see clearly, eye strain or tiredness when focusing on prolonged tasks.

"If you have astigmatism or think you might, it’s important to get an up-to-date eye test every two years and always wear your glasses or contacts when driving."

According to the DVLA, failing to meet minimum eye standards could lead to a £1,000 fine and three penalty points.

To counter this, Specsavers shared tips to enhance road safety for those with astigmatism, including regular eye tests and using anti-glare treatments.