A guide to driving eyesight rules

When a driver reaches the age of 70, they will be asked to confirm they have acceptable vision in order to renew a licence; no proof is required when answering this subject.

If deemed necessary, a police officer can oblige a driver to take an eye test if they suspect he or she does not meet the required standards. It is possible that the Government can amend legislation to ensure all drivers have safe vision, no such action is currently being undertaken however.

It is a good idea to get your eyes test regularly, at least every two years. Alternatively you can try taking the required eye test yourself, try reading a car’s number plate from 20 metres away.

People’s eyesight and the potential for deterioration apply to all ages. It is especially important though if you are over 50 years old, when eyesight is more likely to naturally deteriorate. If you are taking any medication or suffer from any medical conditions, you should check with your doctor or optometrist whether it could affect your vision or driving ability.

You should get your eyes tested as soon as possible. A doctor or optometrist can judge whether your eyesight has deteriorated so much that you can no longer drive safely.

If your eyesight is insufficient for legal requirements, you should avoid driving at all times as you are no longer fit to drive. There are no methods or situations where it is possible for a person with deteriorated vision can drive both safely and legally.

Keep in mind that even if you think your eyesight is perfect at the time of reading this, it can naturally deteriorate over time without you even noticing.

If you were glasses or contact lenses then you must always wear them while driving and keep them clean. It is a good idea to keep a spare pair in your vehicle if you are prone to forget or damage your original pair.

It is also ideal to choose glasses with either thin rims or none entirely; this should give you a greater field of vision. Glasses with anti-reflective coating are good to, they can help reduce glare at night. Finally avoid wearing ‘night-driving’ or tinted glasses during the night or in bad weather, as they can make your vision worse.