Did you know that there are minimum eyesight requirements for driving in the UK?
Under present regulations, the law requires that licence holders are able to read in good daylight, with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn, a standard registration plate at a distance of 20 metres.
In addition, the minimum visual acuity is Snellen 6/12 with both eyes open.
Eye conditions such as cataract may impair vision to the extent that the legal requirements for driving are not met.
There are also regulations regarding the minimum field of vision (peripheral sight) for safe driving. Defects in the field of vision can arise from eye diseases like glaucoma, disorders of the retina and certain neurological conditions.
These standards apply to Group 1 licences, the ordinary driving licence. The standards are higher for Group 2 licence holders who wish to drive a lorry or bus.
I can test visual acuity and visual fields and advise about eligibility to drive. If you have cataracts or glaucoma, I can offer treatment to restore or preserve both your vision and your entitlement to drive.
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