DVLA eyesight test

DVLA may request periodically that motorists attend an optician of DVLA’s choosing to undergo an eyesight test. This involves testing of the visual acuity and visual field to ensure that they meet the required standard and it should not cause alarm.

The visual field test is easier to perform than the usual test performed in clinic because the spots of light are brighter, both eyes are open and the test is quicker. The following advice should help you to perform the tests to the best of your ability.


  • Have a good night’s sleep beforehand.
  • Check your route before leaving and arrive in good time.
  • Take your distance and near vision glasses (or contact lenses if you wear them).
  • Don’t wear bifocal or varifocal glasses – the focus varies across the lens.
  • If you have dry eyes, use your artificial tears often for a few days and a few times before you start.
  • Sit in a calm, dimly lit area, with your eyes closed for at least 10 minutes before the test, to sensitise your retina.
  • The test should be performed in a dimly lit area that is free of noise and distraction.
  • If you happen to not clearly pass the test on the first attempt, you are permitted the best of three attempts on the same day.
  • The test must be reliable – keep your eye fixed on the target and only press the button when you see a spot of light
  • If the repetition rate of the light spots is too rapid, ask the technician to reduce it.
  • It may be acceptable to miss scattered single points or a single cluster of three points in the central area.