Drivers License vision screening - How does it work ?
Press release 14 May 2014 - South African Optometric Association
Driver licence vision screening.
Many South Africans see their 5 yearly vision screening at the traffic department as the bench mark of eye care.
Legislation states (Regulation 102) that any person who is a valid license holder should have specific visual requirements. These requirements differ for different license codes.
These visual requirements consist of the following:
Should you fail this screening at the department of transport, they will refer you to your optometrist for further testing and he or she will fill out an SAOA eye sense certificate. This certificate cannot be rejected by the department of transport.
Should you wish to take an eye sense certificate as precaution, you can obtain a certificate from your optometrist prior to your visit to the department of transport’s testing units. They will however conduct their own screening before accepting the certificate. The objective of a department of transport screening is to establish the (bare) MINIMAL visual requirements for driving.
Visual care is much more than a 5 yearly screening at the department of transport.
A biennial comprehensive eye test is recommended for adults.
The comprehensive eye tests consists of:
To rely on the traffic department visual screening system to detect possible visual problems is an irresponsible decision that the members of the public should never consider. The minimal screening tests is not sufficient to detect major lurking eye conditions nor is the department of transport’s staff trained to be able to give advice or test for possible visual conditions.