Keep an eye on your eyesight
If you drive, it goes without saying that you know you need your eyes on the road at all times. What you might not know is that DVLA has minimum eyesight standards that all drivers need to demonstrate so they can be allowed to drive. Motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, reports.
We all have busy lives, and sometimes we might overlook the signs that our eyes are not as good as they were. You might be finding it harder to judge distances, you might be struggling to read the newspapers, or it’s getting more difficult for you to drive at night. These are just a few signs that your eyesight may be deteriorating.
In line with advice from optometrists, the best guidance is that you should get your eyes tested at least every two years. But if you recognise any of the signs above, don’t wait – go and get checked out straight away with your optician or doctor. If they advise you to tell the DVLA about your eyesight, you can do this online.
Don’t worry – usually, most people who tell the DVLA they’ve got a medical condition are still allowed to drive. If you have a worsening condition but can still meet the eyesight standards for driving, you may get a short-term licence rather than a full-term one. This type of licence lasts for one, two, three or five years and when it’s due for renewal, the DVLA will let you know.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. So if you’re in doubt, get it checked out.