Assessing Fitness to Drive

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10.1.1 Effects of vision and eye disorders on driving

Good vision, including visual acuity and visual fields, is essential to operating a motor vehicle. Any marked loss of visual acuity or visual fields will diminish an individual’s ability to drive safely. A driver with a significant visual defect may fail to detect another vehicle, pedestrians and/or warning signs, and will take appreciably longer to perceive and react to a potentially hazardous situation.

Peripheral or side vision assists the driver to be aware of the total driving environment and is particularly important in certain common driving tasks, such as merging into a traffic stream or changing lanes, and detecting pedestrians and vehicles to the side of the line of vision.