Other factors need to be considered during the eyesight test for the driving license, in particular, any progressive condition that is affecting the eyes or recent events that have had an impact on one’s eye, trauma, accidents etc.
If this is the case more ongoing assessments are needed and a minimum period of 6 months to adapt to the new circumstances is required prior to re assessment.
If you remain untested for these factors you could be potentially endangering other people on the road.
Several studies and screenings were done throughout Europe to come to an understanding of the level of vision generally amongst drivers in all age groups.
Measuring eyesight for drivers involves several different important categories of vision. A positive result of Visual Acuity Screening is that it ensures that signs and other critical markings in the roadway environment (lane markings) would be adequately legible to most drivers.
Contrast sensitivity refers to the amount of contrast or light a person needs in order to detect/identify an object or pattern in varying light levels.
A person who has poor contrast sensitivity requires a higher contrast to see objects i.e. they need a more stark black on white difference.
The visual field measurement refers to one’s entire spacial area of vision when fixation is stable and includes both central and peripheral vision. The size of a visual field is defined in terms of a visual angle.
Visual fields are typically evaluated using a device called a Perimeter or Visual Field Screener.
Because vision is so important to our lives and for driving you owe it to yourself and the other drivers on the road to maintain good vision throughout your life. We at Fitzgerald Opticians are here to help keep your eyesight at an accepatble level an offer a wide range of frames and contact lenses.
If you have passed yor test but feel your vision deteriorating, we strongly recommend that you visit our practice for a check up. It is your duty to others as a road user.