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DVLA updates its list of eye conditions you must declare

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The Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) has recently updated its list of eye conditions that car and motorbike drivers must declare.

The guidance states that motorists must inform the DVLA of certain eye conditions affecting both eyes, or one eye if they only have vision in one eye.

It also highlights that drivers must inform the DVLA if they have been told they “may not meet the visual standards for driving, by a GP, optician or eye specialist.”

The list now covers six eye conditions: blepharospasm, diabetic retinopathy (with laser treatment), diplopia (double vision), glaucoma, nyctalopia (night blindness), and retinitis pigmentosa. The DVLA’s previous list included 23 conditions where they affected one eye, and 90 conditions where they affect both eyes.

Drivers who fail to inform the DVLA about a medical condition can be fined up to £1,000. You can also be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.

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