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Driving With Eye Conditions

The law requires that you must inform the DVLA in Swansea and your motor insurers if there are any changes in health or sight that could affect your ability to drive safely. Failure to do this could result in prosecution and your motor insurance being invalid.

Meeting the driving standards
To drive a car, you are required to be able to read a number plate at 25 yards or 20.5 metres with both eyes together, in good daylight and with glasses if worn. You must also have an adequate field of vision. The DVLA may require a report from your ophthalmologist about your eye condition. You must NOT drive until your specialist has confirmed that you meet the required standards.

To drive vocational vehicles, the standards are more stringent.

More information can be found in our section on Driving With Diabetes