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Driver’s Licence Screening

We all know that getting our driver's license is a rite of passage. But did you know that part of the process includes an eye screening? Most people don't think about it, but our eyesight is one of the most important things when it comes to driving. After all, we need to be able to see clearly to avoid accidents. So, what exactly happens during a driver's license eye screening? Let's take a look.

Why should you do an eye test before getting a driver's license?

There are a few reasons why you should get an eye test before getting your driver's license. For one, it's the law in South Africa. But even if it weren't required by law, it's still a good idea to get your eyes checked. Poor vision can make driving more difficult and dangerous.

It is crucial to have good vision when driving for many reasons. First, it is important to be able to see the road ahead clearly to avoid potential hazards. Second, it helps you see the other vehicles on the road and any pedestrians or obstacles that may be in the way.

Proper vision is also necessary to be able to read street signs and traffic signals, and it is vital to have good depth perception to judge distances properly when parking or making turns. Finally, night vision is essential for safe driving, especially on dark roads or in bad weather conditions.

Eye problems can develop gradually, so even if you had perfect vision when you got your last driver's license, it's important to get your eyes checked regularly. Many vision problems can be easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses, so if you have yet to have an eye exam, schedule one before your next trip to the Traffic Department.

What are the visual standards for a driver's license in South Africa?

You need to meet the minimum eyesight standard according to the Snellen rating in order to drive on South African roads. The minimum visual acuity is 6/12 (20/40) for each eye, and a visual field of 120 degrees is needed to operate a vehicle safely. If an applicant's vision cannot be corrected to meet this standard, they will not be eligible for a driver's license.

In addition to the uncorrected vision requirement, applicants must also pass a colour vision test for a driver's license. This is to ensure that drivers can see the different colours of traffic lights and signs, which are critical for road safety.

What tests are done during a driver's license eye screening?

Besides the colour blindness test, two main tests are done during a driver's license eye screening. The first is the visual acuity test, and the second is a peripheral vision test.

The visual acuity test is used to measure how well you can see. This is done by reading an eye chart from a distance. The peripheral vision test is used to measure your side vision. This is done by looking at a target while moving your head from side to side.

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