Driving represents a real feat of multitasking, and it places considerable demands on our eyes. From refocusing between distant and near objects through to peripheral sight and night vision, your eyes have to process a great deal of information whenever you’re at the wheel. You won’t be granted a driving licence if your vision is poor, regular eye tests are essential even for occasional motorists.
Many people like to have a dedicated pair of driving glasses in the glovebox, preferably with thin frames to maximise peripheral vision at junctions and roundabouts.
Polarised sunglasses or spectacles with anti-reflection coatings can reduce glare and dazzle – our ‘In the shade’ article describes this in more detail.
Effective car maintenance makes a surprisingly big difference to your levels of vision, and even dirty windscreens may cause headaches.
Replace worn wipers, keep washer fluid levels topped up and immediately replace blown headlight bulbs.
Windscreen cracks should be repaired to maintain clear sight lines, and never drive away if your vehicle’s side windows or mirrors are misted up or frozen over.
Did you know? The DVLA needs to be notified about significant changes like glaucoma or cataracts, but only if they affect both eyes.
There are no restrictions regarding colour blindness, but you must have an adequate field of vision – our optometrist(s) can test this easily.