Eye conditions and driving

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If you have a car or motorcycle licence

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.

Eye conditions that affect one eye

You need to tell DVLA if you have any of the following (even if the condition is only in one eye):

  • Blurred vision
  • Cranial nerve palsy (with double vision)
  • Cystic prolactinoma
  • Drusen
  • Duane syndrome (with double vision)
  • Esophoria (with double vision)
  • Estropia (with double vision)
  • Heterophoria (with double vision)
  • Hyphaemia
  • Leber’s optic atrophy
  • Macroprolactinoma
  • Ocular myasthenia gravis (with double vision)
  • Ophthalmoploegia (with double vision)
  • Ptosis
  • Quadrantinopia
  • Retinal dystrophy
  • Retinal pigmentation
  • Retinitis pigmentosa (Rod cone dystrophy) or Retinal dystrophy
  • Squint (with double vision)
  • Stargadts (juvenile macular degeneration)
  • Strabismus (with double vision)
  • Toxoplasma retinitis (toxoplasmosis)
  • Visual field defects

Eye conditions that affect both eyes

You must tell DVLA if you have any of the following if the condition affects both of your eyes (if you only have sight in one eye, you still need to tell DVLA):

  • Behçet’s disease
  • Benign peripheral retinal pigmentation
  • Best disease
  • Bilateral artery occlusion (retinal)
  • Blepharospasm
  • Branch retinal vein occlusion
  • Cataracts
  • Cellophane retinopathy
  • Central chorioretinopathy
  • Central serous retinopathy
  • Central vein occlusion
  • Chemical eye burn
  • Choroidal infarction
  • Choroidal neovascular
  • Choroidal nevus
  • Choroiditis
  • Chronic central serous retinopathy
  • Coats’ disease
  • Cogan’s dystrophy
  • Coloboma
  • Corneal degeneration
  • Corneal graft
  • Cranial arteritis
  • Cranial nerve palsy (without double vision)
  • Cupped optic disc
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Detached retina
  • Diabetic retinopathy (with laser treatment)
  • Duane syndrome (without double vision)
  • Eales
  • Embolism (retinal)
  • Epiretinal membrane
  • Esophoria (without double vision)
  • Esotropia (without double vision)
  • Eye haemorrhage
  • Eye tumour
  • Fuchs’ dystrophy
  • Fuchs’ heterochromic cyclitis
  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Glaucoma
  • Herpes zoster ophthalmicus
  • Heterophoria (without double vision)
  • High myopia
  • Horner’s syndrome
  • Iris nevus
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular cyst
  • Macular degeneration
  • Macular hole
  • Macular oedema
  • Macular pucker
  • Maculopathy
  • Melanoma (ocular)
  • Neovascularisation of the optic nerve head
  • Neuritis (retrobulbar)
  • Nuclear sclerosis
  • Ocular albinism
  • Ocular histoplasmosis
  • Ocular hypertension
  • Ocular myasthenia gravis (without double vision)
  • Ophthalmoploegia (without double vision)
  • Optic neuritis
  • Perifoveal atrophy
  • Peripapillary nevus
  • Posner Schlossman syndrome
  • Posterior capsular opacification
  • Pseudophakia
  • Reis Bucklers corneal dystrophy
  • Retinal artery thrombosis
  • Retinal embolism
  • Retinal haemorrhage
  • Retinal occlusion (artery or vein)
  • Retinal photocoagulation
  • Retinal pigment epithelial atrophy
  • Retinal tear or detachment
  • Retinal treatment
  • Retinal vein thrombosis
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Retinopathy (with laser treatment)
  • Retinopathy fibroplasia
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Retinoschisis
  • Squint (without double vision)
  • Strabismus (without double vision)
  • Temporal arteritis
  • Thyroid related orbitopathy
  • Uveitis
  • Vein occlusion
  • Vitreous haemorrhage

How to tell DVLA

You should report your eye condition online.

If you have a condition in one eye and another condition affecting your other eye, you need to fill in and send form V1 to DVLA. The address is on the form.

Report your condition online

You can also use form V1 if you cannot use the online service.

There are more conditions you need to report if you have a bus, coach or lorry licence.