An expanded list of notifiable eye conditions issued by the DVLA has been met with deep concern by sector bodies and practitioners after it was estimated it could apply to almost every driver that received a sight test.

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) said it had written to the DVLA demanding it reviewed the list of conditions and offered to work alongside the government department to draw up a revised list to ‘reduce the huge administrative burden it will place on practitioners and the DVLA.’

The College, which said it was not consulted about the new list of conditions, has also written to the DVLA to express its concern about the content and the technical errors in the document. The College also asked to see the evidence that supported the DVLA's new list.

‘It is important to remind members that the standards of vision for driving have not changed, it is the list of notifiable conditions that has been expanded, which will result in a considerable additional burden to both drivers and the DVLA,’ said a College statement. ‘The DVLA have acknowledged our concerns and are looking into this as a matter of urgency.’

AOP chief executive, Adam Sampson added: ‘Practitioners are quite rightly deeply concerned about the impact the new rules will have. We raised the same concerns with the DVLA in early August and have since followed up with further correspondence on the issue. We believe that if the current guidance remains in place, almost every driver who receives a sight test will need to be advised to notify the DVLA.

‘We’re urging the DVLA to take immediate steps to remedy the situation by reviewing the notifiable eye conditions list. We hope that pragmatism will prevail.

Optician has approached the DVLA for comment.

The DVLA list of notifiable eye conditions can be found below.

Eye conditions that affect one eye

You need to tell DVLA if you have any of the following (even if the condition is only in one eye):

Blurred vision

Cranial nerve palsy (with double vision)

Cystic prolactinoma


Duane syndrome (with double vision)

Esophoria (with double vision)

Estropia (with double vision)

Heterophoria (with double vision)


Leber’s optic atrophy


Ocular myasthenia gravis (with double vision)

Ophthalmoploegia (with double vision)



Retinal dystrophy

Retinal pigmentation

Retinitis pigmentosa (Rod cone dystrophy) or Retinal dystrophy

Squint (with double vision)

Stargadts (juvenile macular degeneration)

Strabismus (with double vision)

Toxoplasma retinitis (toxoplasmosis)

Visual field defects

Eye conditions that affect both eyes

You must tell DVLA if you have any of the following if the condition affects both of your eyes (if you only have sight in one eye, you still need to tell DVLA):

Behçet’s disease

Benign peripheral retinal pigmentation

Best disease

Bilateral artery occlusion (retinal)


Branch retinal vein occlusion


Cellophane retinopathy

Central chorioretinopathy

Central serous retinopathy

Central vein occlusion

Chemical eye burn

Choroidal infarction

Choroidal neovascular

Choroidal nevus


Chronic central serous retinopathy

Coats’ disease

Cogan’s dystrophy


Corneal degeneration

Corneal graft

Cranial arteritis

Cranial nerve palsy (without double vision)

Cupped optic disc


Detached retina

Diabetic retinopathy (with laser treatment)

Duane syndrome (without double vision)


Embolism (retinal)

Epiretinal membrane

Esophoria (without double vision)

Esotropia (without double vision)

Eye haemorrhage

Eye tumour

Fuchs’ dystrophy

Fuchs’ heterochromic cyclitis

Giant cell arteritis


Herpes zoster ophthalmicus

Heterophoria (without double vision)

High myopia

Horner’s syndrome

Iris nevus



Macular cyst

Macular degeneration

Macular hole

Macular oedema

Macular pucker


Melanoma (ocular)

Neovascularisation of the optic nerve head

Neuritis (retrobulbar)

Nuclear sclerosis

Ocular albinism

Ocular histoplasmosis

Ocular hypertension

Ocular myasthenia gravis (without double vision)

Ophthalmoploegia (without double vision)

Optic neuritis

Perifoveal atrophy

Peripapillary nevus

Posner Schlossman syndrome

Posterior capsular opacification


Reis Bucklers corneal dystrophy

Retinal artery thrombosis

Retinal embolism

Retinal haemorrhage

Retinal occlusion (artery or vein)

Retinal photocoagulation

Retinal pigment epithelial atrophy

Retinal tear or detachment

Retinal treatment

Retinal vein thrombosis


Retinopathy (with laser treatment)

Retinopathy fibroplasia

Retinopathy of prematurity


Squint (without double vision)

Strabismus (without double vision)

Temporal arteritis

Thyroid related orbitopathy


Vein occlusion

Vitreous haemorrhage