Driving and eye health

Even a small loss of vision can affect your driving. Find out how to stay safe on the road.

Good vision is essential for safe driving, and even small changes in vision can affect your ability to:

  • read road signs
  • see hazards on the road like pedestrians, objects or other vehicles
  • identify coloured signals like traffic lights
  • judge gaps between moving vehicles or the distance of oncoming traffic 

In turn, these impacts can affect your ability to safely change lanes or merge into traffic, negotiate intersections and respond in a timely way to the road and surrounding environment.

The VicRoads website has resources on vision and fitness to drive. These include explanations of your obligations as a driver or your duty of care as a health professional.  Some fact sheets focus on specific health conditions

It is important to talk to your health professionals about how your vision might impact driving.

For more information go to the VicRoads website.