Henry Smith and Hamylton, Opticians since 1887

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Vision is an important and necessary aspect of road safety for you and other road users.

If you wear glasses or corrective lenses for the eyesight test, the law requires you wear them whenever you are driving and throughout your test. You are not allowed to remove your glasses or corrective lenses when carrying out test manoeuvres (reversing and so on).

The required eyesight standard is to be able to see 20 metres for vehicles displaying the new-style number plate or 20.5 metres for vehicles displaying old-style number plates. It is recomended that you have your eyes examined once every two years if you are under the age of seventy, if you are aged over seventy then it is recomended you have your eyes tested once a year.

Failure to meet these legal standards can result in the invalidation of your car insurance and criminal prosecution.