DVLA to release new guidance on notifiable eye conditions list

The AOP has received confirmation of the update after concerns were raised last year

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The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will release updated guidance on its list of notifiable eye conditions, the agency has confirmed to the AOP.

The update comes after concerns were raised in October last year over the published list of eye conditions that must be declared by drivers, with the AOP warning that the list could apply to “almost every driver who receives a sight test.”

Adam Sampson, chief executive for the AOP, explained: “We’ve continued to have an open dialogue with the DVLA on this important issue to work towards a pragmatic solution for our members, patients and the DVLA.”

Emphasising that the extent of the original list “would have been problematic for so many,” Sampson said he was pleased to see that the DVLA had listened to sector advice.

“The move is sure to remove an unnecessary administrative burden for practitioners but also alleviate worry for many patients,” he added.

The DVLA reviewed the list in October, following sector consultation, and the AOP said it would continue to work with the DVLA policy team to discuss further refinements.

The DVLA has also consulted with the Secretary of State for Transport’s Medical Advisory Panel on visual disorders and driving.

The updated guidance is expected to be published in the coming weeks.