There's an advert on TV for the Specsavers opticians chain in which people who need glasses are victims of hilarious accidents, such as when a hard-of-seeing farmer is busy shearing his sheep and accidentally shears his poor old sheepdog in the process.

At the end of each advert is the phrase: "Should have gone to Specsavers."

And I bet this pensioner who crashed their car into a store window should have gone to Specsavers.

Shoppers in Seaford, east Sussex, were left mildly amused when an 89-year-old crashed his car into an optician's, causing 20,000 worth of damage.

Oops, should have gone to Specsavers! OAP crashes through front of opticians

By Daily Mail Reporter (external - login to view)
27th June 2009
Daily mail

It could have been a scene from an advert for a new pair of designer glasses.

But for one 89-year-old driver, the test of navigating a busy street proved too much after he ploughed through the front of an opticians, causing up to 20,000 worth of damage.

The pensioner, who was wearing glasses, mounted the pavement in Seaford, East Sussex, careered through the shop and smashed two display units of designer sunglasses before coming to a halt just in front of three shocked members of staff.

In the frame: Firefighters clear rubble and glass from the front of this opticians in Seaford, East Sussex

Owner of Sussex Eyecare, Daeron McGee, said: 'He was wearing specs, but I have to say he wasn't one of my customers.

'He said he had a dizzy turn and hit the accelerator instead of the brake.

'He smashed through the window and took out a cabinet of Oakleys and a cabinet of Ray Bans, about 300 pairs in all.

'Our front door is now on its side and the shop front has gone. My staff are all a bit shaken up but accidents happen and nobody was hurt, which is the main thing.'

What a spectacle: The car smashed through two displays of designer sunglasses before coming to a halt

Hove fire station Commander Tony McCord said: 'The driver appears to have gone right through the window but he walked out unhurt and was checked over by paramedics at the scene.

'We got the car back out and made the shop safe.'