Driving, safety and Vision
DVLA Visual field tests
VISUAL Requirements for the DVLA
The standard set by the DVLA for ordinary (Group 1) drivers is defined as:-
“a field of at least 120° on the horizontal measured using the Goldmann III4e setting or the equivalent. In addition, there should be no significant defect in the binocular field which encroaches within 20° of fixation either above or below the horizontal meridian”
The DVLA may require you to take a visual field test if you have disclosed an eye condition that affects the quality of your vision. This would ordinarily involve an eye examination with and without your current spectacle prescription as well as the visual fields test at an optician of the DVLA’s choosing, normally Specsavers.
However, you can choose to take the DVLA test privately whereby the the Esterman Visual Field Test is carried out on both eyes together (binocularly) and wearing any glasses that you normally wear. It is carried out on a visual field analyser, a computerised machine where you have to responding to small, flashing lights by pressing a button whilst looking straight ahead. The test should take around half an hour to complete. Also, you can bring along your forms to be signed off.
visual field test appointments
Your visual field affects your day-to-day life, including how you get around, and whether you can drive.
A visual field assessment examines your area of vision and how well you see within that area, checking your peripheral and central vision and providing information about the function of your eye.
- You must wear glasses or contact lenses every time you drive if you need them to meet the ‘standards of vision for driving’.
- You must tell DVLA if you’ve got any problem with your eyesight that affects both of your eyes, or the remaining eye if you only have one eye.
- This doesn’t include being short or long sighted or colour blind. You also don’t need to say if you’ve had surgery to correct short sightedness and can meet
the eyesight standards.
- You could be prosecuted if you drive without meeting the standards
of vision for driving.
At John Rose Eye Care we can ensure your everyday lenses are optimised for driving.
DVLA Visual Field Tests
Bring your forms to be signed off