It is our aim that everyone has the best possible vision for driving, therefore if your optician advises that you need spectacles or contact lenses for distance correction we would always recommend you wear them when driving.
Legal Standards of vision for driving
- You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres.
- You must also meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving by having a visual acuity of at least decimal 0.5 (6/12) measured on the Snellen scale (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) using both eyes together or, if you have sight in one eye only, in that eye.
- You must also have an adequate ﬁeld of vision – your optician can tell you about this and do a test.
To ﬁnd out if you reach the legal standard for driving book an eye test today.
There are specialist lenses and lens treatments available to ensure you have the best possible vision.