Eye Related Conditions and Driving

UK and Republic of Ireland

Tunnel Vision – You must inform the DVLA/RSA if you have tunnel vision.

Visual field defects – You must inform the DVLA/RSA if you have visual field defects.

Reduced visual acuity – You must inform the DVLA/RSA if you have reduced visual acuity.

Optic Neuritis – You must inform the DVLA/RSA if you have Optic neuritis.

Optic Atrophy – You must inform the DVLA/RSA if you have Optic atrophy.

Night blindness – You must inform the DVLA/RSA if you have night blindness.

Diplopia – You must inform the DVLA/RSA if you have diplopia.

Monocular vision – You may need to tell the DVLA/RSA if you have monocular vision.

It may take several months for you to adapt safely to driving with one eye. In particular, your ability to judge distances accurately may be affected and you may not be so aware of objects to each side of you.

If you still meet the standards of vision for driving you do not need to inform the DVLA/RSA

Bus, coach or lorry licence – You must tell the DVLA/RSA if you have monocular vision.

Retinal treatment – You may need to tell the DVLA/RSA if you have had retinal treatment.

If you have had retinal treatment in one eye, you do not need to tell the DVLA/RSA.

If you have had retinal treatment in both eyes, you must tell the DVLA/RSA.

Bus, coach or lorry licence- You must tell the DVLA/RSA if you have had retinal treatment in one or both eyes.

Retinopathy – You may need to tell the DVLA/RSA if you have had retinopathy

If you have had retinopathy in one eye, you do not need to tell the DVLA/RSA if you meet the standards of vision for driving.

If you have had retinopathy in both eyes, you must tell the DVLA/RSA.

Bus, coach or lorry licence – You must tell the DVLA/RSA if you have had retinopathy in one or both eyes.

Long sighted – You do not need to inform the DVLA/RSA if you are long sighted as long as you meet the standards of vision for driving.

Colour blind – You do not need to inform the DVLA/RSA if you are colour blind.

An optician will be able to identify if you have any of the above or refer you to the right specialist for further tests. Find an optician today with our optician finder.