DVLA Sight Test

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 which may affect the quality of your vision. This would involve an eye examination with and without your current spectacle prescription as well as the visual fields test at an opticians practice of the DVLA’s choosing.

The Esterman Visual Field Test is carried out on both eyes together (binocularly) and wearing any glasses that you normally wear when driving. It is carried out on a visual field analyser, a computerised machine where you have to respond to small, flashing lights by pressing a button whilst looking straight ahead. The test should take around 15 minutes to complete.

Neil Berry Optometrists can carry out the test and provide you with the documentation required by the DVLA.

For more information on the visual standards set by the DVLA, please click here.

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