Having good eyesight is a basic requirement of safe driving. Being an experienced and skilled driver is meaningless if your ability to spot hazards is impaired by poor vision. Use this page to access research on the risks associated with poor driver eyesight.

At the edge of vision: Struggling to make sense of our cluttered world
University of Cambridge, UK, 25/11/15

The phenomenon of “visual cluttering” means that it’s difficult for us to make sense of what we see in our peripheral visions.

Charity urges government to make driver eyesight tests compulsory
Brake, Specsavers and RSA, 21/08/14

One in four (25%) UK drivers haven’t had their eyes tested in more than two years.

Employers urged to ensure drivers are fit to drive
Brake and Licence Bureau, 06/05/14

One in four (25%) of employers with staff who drive for work require drivers to have a full eyesight test every two years.

A quarter of UK drivers have not had an eye test within the last two years
Brake, RSA and Specsavers, 06/08/13

A quarter of UK drivers have not had an eye test within the last two years.

Glasses with yellow lenses improve hazard response time among drivers aged 24-40
Queensland University of Technology, 20/12/12

Glasses with yellow lenses improve hazard response time by almost half a second among drivers aged 24-40 by increasing contrast and brightness.

Report on Driver Vision Screening in Europe
The European Council of Optometry and Optics, 15/06/11

Diverging standards of driver vision screening in Europe should be addressed by European institutions.

Vision screening of older drivers for preventing road traffic injuries and fatalities
The Cochrane Collaboration, 16/03/11

Mandatory vision screening for the issue or renewal of a driver’s licence helps to ensure that older drivers are fit to safely operate vehicles.

Eyesight survey of drivers
Leasedrive Velo Group, 09/10/09

15% of at work drivers have not had their eyes tested for more than two years.

Older drivers and failure to stop at red lights
Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, 17/09/09

Failure to stop at red lights in older drivers is associated with reduced ability to pay attention to visual events in the vertical field of vision.

A prospective, population-based study of the role of visual impairment in motor crashes
University College London, 15/12/07

Glare sensitivity, visual field loss, and Useful Field of View (UFOV) were significant predictors of crash involvement. Acuity, contrast sensitivity, and stereoacuity were not associated with crashes.

Visual acuity and legal visual requirement to drive a passenger vehicle
Queens Medical Centre, 01/11/02

The number-plate test is highly variable and delivers inconsistent results. The difficulty of the test varies depending upon the plate read.

Reliability of Snellen charts for testing visual acuity for driving
Royal Hallamshire Hospital, 21/10/00

Snellen acuity is a poor predictor of an individual's ability to meet the required visual standard for driving through the number plate test.


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