Driving & Vision

The visual standards required of motorists in the United Kingdom are set by statutory requirement and applied by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The law requires motorists to have not only sharp vision (visual acuity), but also a wide field of peripheral vision, so that people or objects to the side may be seen in good time. Drivers who need glasses or contact lenses to meet the visual standards must always wear them while driving.

Motorists must notify DVLA of any medical condition that may affect safe driving and any problem affecting the eyesight of both eyes. This doesn’t include being long-  or short-sighted or colour blind. Full information is available from the DVLA, who should be consulted if there is any doubt.

If vision does not meet the standards required, driving must cease.