Department of State GrowthTransport

Visual impairments and driving

Good vision is essential for driving a motor vehicle. Any visual impairment can affect a person?s ability to drive safely. Any person driving with a visual impairment will be legally required to notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles as soon as practicable. A visual impairment may be caused by:

  • Eye diseases (cataracts, glaucoma, infections)
  • Loss of vision in one eye
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Brain injuries
  • Inability to rotate your neck

How do these conditions affect driving ability?

  1. Possibility of failing to detect another vehicle, pedestrian or object
  2. Reaction time will reduce if hazard is detected later than it should have been
  3. Peripheral vision is reduced, creating difficulty to merge into traffic

What are the symptoms?

  • Cloudy/fuzzy vision
  • Vision impaired by 'dark spots'
  • Unable to see long distances/signs

What precautions can I take?

  • Always wear visual aids while driving if required
  • Ensure prescribed treatments are taken as required
  • Install extra mirrors on your vehicle if needed, to improve peripheral vision
  • Do not drive at night if you have difficulty seeing