Can I still drive if I have sight in one eye?

Yes, you may still be able to drive a car or motorcycle if you only have one eye or sight loss in one eye (sometimes called "monocular vision"). This is provided that:

  • the DVLA is satisfied that you have sufficient sight in your other eye (including a normal field of vision)
  • your doctor or eye specialist confirms to the DVLA that you have adjusted to the loss of sight in one eye. Many people take up to three months to adapt safely to driving with one eye.

Your ability to judge distances accurately may be affected and you may be less aware of objects on the side that has lost vision. To help, you will need to make more use of your wing mirrors. You will also need to bear in mind that blind spots caused by your car's design will be larger for you if you can only see out of one eye.

RNIB cannot give permission for you to carry on driving - as with any medical condition that affects your ability to drive, you must let the DVLA know about the loss of your sight in one eye. It is a criminal offence if you do not.

Contact the DVLA:

If you previously held a Heavy Goods Vehicle or Public Service Vehicle licence unfortunately you will not be able to keep those.

If you have any doubt about whether you can meet the requirements for driving, your GP, optician or eye specialist will be able to advise you.

Further information can be found in our Monocular vision factsheet:

If you require further information and advice please contact our Helpline:

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