Driving is a great way to experience a level of freedom and independence, allowing an individual to transport themselves from A to B safely.
Driving regulations and eyesight is something that all drivers need to consider regardless of how good they think their eyesight is, driving with vision below the accepted standard has been the result of up to 2,900 road casualties a year.
At Reynolds & Slater Opticians we have seen a wide range of eye conditions that people may think would hinder their ability to drive. We have looked into the misconceptions of driving with monocular vision, clearing up any doubts and helping people to find the right eyecare for them that allows them the independence of driving.
The Common Misconceptions of Monocular Vision when Driving
Visual impairment is surrounded by myths and misconceptions, such as being able to see better in brighter lighting or not being able to drive.
It is a common misconception that those with one eye are unable to drive due to having 50% less vision than someone with two eyes. As long as the vision in the singular eye is of good quality driving with monocular vision is perfectly safe.
Learning to Drive with One Eye
When it comes to vision and driving you do not have to inform the DVLA of monocular vision when driving unless advised by your optician. As long as your vision in your ‘good eye’ meets driving requirement standards you can still learn to drive for independent travel.
All drivers are required to meet the visual standard for driving before being allowed onto the road, this is something that will be tested during your test, ensuring you can read a number plate 20 metres away from where you are standing.
If you are hoping to drive anything larger than a car with monocular vision then the standards for vision change and you would be unable to drive a bus, coach or lorry.
Getting Regular Eye Tests for Driving Safety
With monocular vision you may already take regular eye tests to prevent the deterioration of your vision, this is especially important if you are driving with one eye.
If you are driving with one eye you do not need to inform the DVLA of your visual impairment unless it affects your visual standards and brings it below the requirements. This will also be the case for anyone who loses vision in one eye after already having been driving for a time. Once your eyesight falls below the required visual standard your optician will recommend informing the DVLA of this change.
Regular eye tests ensure that your vision is up to standard and can help to reduce any visual impairments, allowing you to drive safely whether you have one eye or two.
Start Driving Safely Today with Reynolds & Slater Opticians
Monocular vision doesn’t have to prevent your independence. If you are struggling with your vision and are unsure about its effect on your ability to drive please contact our friendly team to check your eyes before getting behind the wheel.