Driving and vision

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What standard of vision is needed for driving?

Car drivers (group 1) must meet the vision standards shown at the bottom of this page.

Please also see www.gov.uk/driving-eyesight-rules and read guidance from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-guide-to-standards-of-vision-for-driving-cars-andmotorcycles-group-1

Lorry and bus drivers (group 2) must meet more stringent eyesight requirements, with a medical and vision check when they first apply for their bus or lorry licence, and then every five years from age 45 and every year from age 60.

For more information see, www.gov.uk/drivingeyesight-rules Licensed taxi drivers must meet the vision  requirements of their local authority, which vary but are often the same as for group 2 drivers.

 

How to check your vision

You can test yourself by reading (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres. You should check this yourself regularly. Your optometrist will check your vision on a Snellen chart during a sight test.

Driving with eyesight below the required standard is illegal and may also mean your motor insurance is not valid.

 

Medical conditions

You must tell the DVLA about certain eye or general medical conditions. For a full list of conditions you must declare, see www.gov.uk/health-conditions-and-driving
The most common conditions (but not the only ones) affecting vision are age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

If you are a group 1 driver, you must tell the DVLA if you have a medical condition affecting both eyes, including different conditions in each eye. You can either report
your condition online or fill in form V1 and send it to the DVLA. The address is on the form.

If you are a group 2 driver, you must tell the DVLA if you have a medical condition affecting either eye by filling in form V1V and sending it to the DVLA. The address is
on the form.

The DVLA may send you for a field-of-vision test in which lights are flashed in the edge of your vision to make sure you can see them. People are generally very
poor at judging their own field of vision, and blind spots in your vision create a risk of accidents, especially involving pedestrians.

 

What should I do if I feel my vision is getting worse for driving?

You should see your optometrist who will be able to tell you if you need a new prescription, whether you need to be referred to an ophthalmologist (eye doctor), or if you
have a condition that should be declared to the DVLA.

Eye tests are FREE at Premier Vision so get your driving vision checked today.

 

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