driving and your vision

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Driving and your vision

Your vision is really important and if you suspect your eyesight is fading then book an appointment with your opticians. Each and every one of us who drive need to be able to see clearly enough ahead whilst driving and your vision is such an important tool to be safe on the road.

If you begin to struggle to see, be it due to eyesight age or eye problems then see a specialist as to determine what the problem is and what can be done to rectify it. This might just be a simple solution as to the need to wear glasses.
The DVLA requires you to be able to read a number plate from at least 20.5 metres with or without the aid of glasses. Also, tThe law requires the use of glasses if a number plate cannot be read at that distance. You must have an adequate field of vision. This means all around vision, see your optician about this and they will do a test for you. You must inform the DVLA if your eyesight fades significantly and is becoming a problem while driving. This does not include short or long sighted or being colour blind.

Things that can affect your vision are;


  • Diabetes – people with this condition can be affected by reduced or even loss of sight completely.
  • Heart disease – can lead to double vision and even field of vision being impaired or total vision loss.
  • Migraines – can cause temporary partial loss of vision, double vision, blurred vision and see flashing lights.
  • Tiredness and medication – can cause blurred vision.
  • Ageing – vision deteriorates as we get older typically around the age of 50+.
Glaucoma, cataracts ,diabetes or heart disease all affect your driving and your vision. So, a driver must report any eye conditions to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the UK.
 Eyesight is really important in everyday life.  Therefore, any eyesight problems you may suspect you have, get it checked out by a specialist.

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