The College of Optometrists

Key points

  • Refer to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) information on visual standards for driving.
  • The DVLA and Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) will decide if a person is medically unfit to drive.
  • The patient must inform the DVLA or DVA if they have a condition which might affect safe driving.
  • If you consider a patient does not meet the vision standards for driving you should advise them not to drive.
  • If the patient continues to drive, and you cannot persuade them to stop, you should contact the DVLA or DVA and inform the patient. You may wish to discuss this with your professional or representative body first.
  • Guidance on tints is provided.
  • There is currently no legal eyesight requirement for a patient who drives a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair, although the DVLA does have recommendations for standards of vision.
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This guidance does not change what you must do under the law. 

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