Driving with eyesight problems: is it possible?
To obtain or possess a driving licence your eyesight standard should be minimal. Usually, you can correct these problems with the glasses, lenses or eye surgery, but in some cases, you need to report to DVLA.
There is a DVLA requirement in accordance with which you should state if there are any problems with your eyesight from the following list (Cars and motorbikes - V1 form; coaches, busses, and lorries - V1V form):
- Double vision (diplopia);
- Myasthenia gravis;
- Reduced visual acuity;
- Tunnel vision;
- Night blindness;
- Optic neuritis;
- Branch retinal vein occlusion in both eyes;
- Optic atrophy;
- Macular degeneration affecting both eyes.
There is no need to report to DVLA about some problems with eyes if they do not influence the way you drive. They are listed in the V1V form and include:
- Monocular vision (i.e. vision out of only one eye);
- Retinopathy (e.g. diabetic or hypertensive);
- Macular degeneration if it affects one eye;
- Branch retinal vein occlusion in one eye.
There is a requirement to stop driving for a stated period of time if you suffer from:
- Transient ischaemic attack (TIA) – for car and motorbike licences the stop should last at least 1 month after the last TIA, and be cleared by your doctor; for licences on bus, coach or lorry the stop should last for at least one year and be cleared by your doctor.
- Retinal treatment – the standards are stated in the V1 and V1V forms.
If you have ensured that you meet the driving standards, there is no need to report to DVLA if you have such problems as:
- Shortsightedness (myopia);
- Longsightedness (hypermetropia).
In both cases, you need to wear corrective lenses.