When drivers get behind the wheel, they are not only driving to protect themselves, but also to protect those driving and walking around them. Anyone getting into a vehicle and turning on the ignition has a tremendous responsibility. Careful driving requires the engagement of visual and auditory senses to make informed, often very quick decisions to navigate safely.
Most of the information drivers need is visual; therefore, good eyesight is critical to safe driving. If drivers cannot see clearly, they cannot judge distances or spot trouble. They also will not be able to make the best judgments. Peripheral or ‘out of the corner of the eye’ vision is very important in spotting vehicles coming up along the side while the driver’s eyes are on the road ahead.
A full eye examination conducted during the driving eye test is the same as what is conducted during a routine eye test. It consists of history taking, visual acuity measurement, an external examination of the eye like external muscles motility test followed by specific tests for evaluating the eye health, color vision test (Ishihara test), pupil function, refraction, and slit-lamp examination.
Depending upon the vision assessment in each eye, you will be allowed to proceed with the driving license test or renewal.
There is a criterion set towards the minimum requirement of vision during the driving eye test, without which the person is not entitled to drive on the UAE roads.