Driving and Age: Our responsibility
South African Legislation states (Regulation 102)
Any person who is a valid license holder should have specific visual requirements. These requirements differ for different license codes.
The visual (differ for different drivers licence codes) requirements:
• Visual Acuity testing: This is an exam that determines how well you can see an object and the underlying details from a specific distance.
• Visual field testing: This is an eye examination that can detect dysfunction in central and peripheral vision which may be caused by various medical conditions such as glaucoma, stroke, brain tumours or other neurological deficits.
This Eye Sense certificate cannot be rejected by the department of transport.
Take the ‘Eye Sense Certificate’ with you, as a precaution. We do this service Free of charge for ALL drivers and we will remind you when you are due for your licence to be renewed
They will however conduct their own screening before accepting the certificate. The objective: to note if a driver meets the MINIMAL visual requirements for driving.
Visual care is much more than a 5 yearly screening : Acomprehensive eye test is recommended for adults.
The comprehensive eye tests consists of:
• A Clarity of vision evaluation and correcting vision to the maximum optical clarity with glasses and or contact lenses.
• A full evaluation of the eye structures to be able to detect if there is diseases in the eyes as most eye diseases come with little or no warning.
• The ability of the eyes to focus accurately and effectively needs to be evaluated in depth and even more so after 40 years of age.
• The muscle strength and the ability of eye muscles to work as a team is very important to evaluate especially with people with clear vision but do not have comfortable vision.
• Tests also needs to be conducted to evaluate if the brain is able to process the individual images in a person’s right and left into a clear 3 D image.
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.Leave a reply →