One your first lesson we will do a quick check of your eyesight however before starting to drive we recommend that you get a proper eyesight check to make sure there are no other defects which could affect your ability to position the car correctly on the road and perceive hazards ahead. Your hand eye co-ordination is very import when you first start learning so you need all the help you can get from your eyes. Eyesight problems often develop gradually going unnoticed, for example Tunnel vision is not picked up on the test we do but could be seriously dangerous on the road. It is your responsibility under the terms of your provisional licence to inform both the DVLA & your instructor of an health problems. Annual eye checks are free on the NHS however should your sight need some correction there will be costs involved.
We recommend the following Opticians for the areas we cover. Please note some opticians are not fully qualified to give a full spectrum eye test, so please use the ones we recommend to be sure of being safe.
David Arthur & Partners, 9, Market Street, Lichfield, Staffs, WS.
Colin Lee Opticians, 33, Market Street, Lichfield, Staffs, WS.
Tel: 01543 254645 or http://www.colinlee-opticians.co.uk/
S W Jenks Opticians, 31, George Street, Tamworth, Staffs, B79 7LT.
Tel: 01827 62792.
Portland Eye Centre, 48 Church Street, Tamworth, Staffs, B79 7DE.
Tel: 01827 61600.
(Vision Express, 45 Ankerside Shopping Centre, Tamworth, Staffs B79 7LG.
Tel: 01827 316300.
Scrivens Ltd – Sutton Coldfield 0121 354 2021
Andrew Martin – Sutton Coldfield 0121 354 6411
Your hand to eye co-ordination is very important when you learn to drive.
The DVLA rules are: You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres.
You must also have an adequate field of vision, your optician can tell you about this and do a test.