Take an eye test on time

During the driving lessons, you must be able to see enough to be able to participate in traffic safely. The examiner will test this before the practical exam. If you pass the practical exam, but not the eye test, you will have to undergo a medical examination before you receive your driving licence. This can lead to a delay of a few months. It happens a few hundred times a year.

That is why it is wise to visit an optician before or at the beginning of your driver training. You can often have an eye test done there free of charge. This way, you will not be faced with any surprises during the practical exam. And if it turns out that you do not see well enough, you have plenty of time to order glasses or contact lenses.

Glasses or contact lenses

Do you wear glasses or contact lenses? And do you still see well enough with your contact lenses (or night contact lenses) or your glasses? Then you can obtain your driving licence without problems. Pay attention that you fill in no as your answer on the health declaration to the question about visibility, even if you wear contact lenses or glasses. A visit to an ophthalmologist is not necessary.

To the ophthalmologist

Is your visual acuity or field of view insufficient, or do you have diabetes? Then you have to have an ophthalmologist declare that it is safe for you to operate a vehicle. Your ophthalmologist has to fill in a special form to do so. This can be done by your own ophthalmologist. The ophthalmologist well send this form to the CBR. When in doubt, the CBR can summon you for a driving test. This is a test to determine if it is safe for you to participate in traffic.

Driving with an eye condition

Usually, you are still allowed to operate a vehicle if you have an eye condition, or wear contact lenses or glasses. Though, it is important that you, possibly with recourses, still have a sufficient field of view. You have to be able to see enough to be able to participate in traffic.

To be able to participate in traffic you need sufficient visual acuity and field of view. Visual acuity means that you can see clear when at a distance. You need to be able to recognize hazards and read traffic signs. Field of view means everything around what you are looking at. Your peripheral vision. A greater field of view means that you can observe more without having to turn your head. Your field of view can also be impaired by blind spots.