Can I still drive if I only have sight in one eye?

You may still be able to drive a car or motorcycle if you only have sight in one eye (sometimes called "monocular vision").

You don't have to let the DVLA know about the loss of your sight in one eye (monocular vision), as long as you're still able to meet the standards of vision for driving. However if you have a health condition in your sighted eye, you should still check the rules for that condition on the DVLA health conditions web pages. You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don't tell them about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you're involved in an accident as a result.

If you previously held a Heavy Goods Vehicle or Public Service Vehicle licence you must let the DVLA know if you have monocular vision. You will need to complete a V1V form which can be found on the DVLA website.

Your ability to judge distances accurately may be affected and you may be less aware of objects on the side that has lost vision. Making better use of your wing mirrors will help. You will also need to bear in mind that blind spots caused by your car's design will be larger for you if you only have vision in one eye.

If you have any doubt about whether you can meet the requirements for driving, you must consult your GP, optician or eye specialist who will be able to advise you.

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