Specsavers works with the DVLA to deliver drivers’ medical visual field and visual acuity testing. We are proud to be a sole partner of the DVLA, offering our professional optometry services to DVLA customers. Here’s everything you need to know about your DVLA eye test at Specsavers.
What you need to know about the test
If you have been invited by the DVLA to have the required test, you will receive a letter from the Drivers Medical Group. This will have an ‘M reference number’ which is unique to you and a DVLA case number. This M reference number should be used when making your appointment at Specsavers so that we can request the appropriate paperwork. It’s important to note that you will have a limited time to book and attend an appointment so please arrange this as soon as possible after receiving your letter.
The tests are categorised into two groups — Group 1 and Group 2 tests.
- Group 1 drivers are those with an ordinary driving licence and
- Group 2 are vocational drivers (that is, drivers of large goods vehicles (LGVs) and passenger-carrying vehicles such as buses).
The majority of tests will involve a visual acuity test and a visual fields test. Only a few makes and models of field machines but only a few of them can perform the test specified by the DVLA to meet their standards and the DVLA Specsavers stores have all have the appropriate fields machines. Not all Specsavers stores can carry out the specific DVLA test. You should refer to your letter -only those stores with the DVLA approved field machine models will be shown as an option.
Which opticians offer the DVLA eye test?
Specsavers are the sole partner of the DVLA, meaning only our opticians work directly with the DVLA to offer medical visual field and visual acuity testing. Not all Specsavers stores offer DVLA eye test services — you’ll need to check your appointment letter to find your local participating store.
How to book my DVLA test
If you have been referred to us by the DVLA for a driver’s visual field and acuity test, you will receive a letter with details of your nearest stores so that you can make an appointment. You will need your unique ‘M reference number’ to book an appointment, which can be found on the letter.
Not all Specsavers stores can carry out the specific DVLA test, but don’t worry — only those stores with the DVLA approved field machine models will be shown as an option on your letter.
What to expect on the dayRead moreRead less
Due to social distancing restrictions we are encouraging people to attend their appointments alone where possible although we understand that some people may want to have another person to accompany them.
Please arrive as close to the exact time of your appointment as possible and wait at the door to be greeted.
Make sure to bring your DVLA letter with you, one form of photographic identification, and if you wear glasses (for example, anti-glare driving glasses) or contact lenses for driving — you’ll need these on the day as well.
Upon arrival we will check your identification, this is standard practice for all DVLA tests. Your DVLA paperwork will be ready and waiting for you. The test should last between 20-40 minutes depending on how many times you are asked to do the fields test.
If you have any concerns over the procedure or test, you must let staff know immediately and they will do their utmost to ensure that your concerns are addressed.
List of ID’sRead moreRead less
You need to bring your DVLA letter along with one form of photo identification to the eye test. Examples of acceptable forms of photo IDs are:
- A photo card driving licence
- A valid passport
- Work or college ID
- Travel Pass
If you are unable to provide photographic identification you must instead bring with you a photograph of yourself signed by a suitable person from the examples listed below accompanied by a completed Evidence of Identity Declaration included with your letter. For example:
- Bank manager
- Police officer
- Professionally Qualified People (for example, teachers, lawyers, or engineers)
- Minister of religion
- Local councillor, members of Parliament, Assembly members, members of the Scottish Parliament or members of the European Parliament
- Civil servant
- Local businesspeople or shopkeepers
Customer checklistRead moreRead less
- Book your appointment as soon as possible
- Bring appropriate photographic identification
- Remember to bring glasses, contact lenses or corrective lenses for driving, if required
- Arrive as close to the exact time of your appointment as possible.
The test – Visual AcuityRead moreRead less
We will measure your visual acuity by asking you to read a DVLA eye test chart which is a normal letter chart. This is not a full eye examination, and will only take a couple of minutes.
The test – Visual fieldsRead moreRead less
You will be required to look into a screen where spots of light appear intermittently. You will need to indicate, by pressing a button, when you see the spots. The DVLA test is performed binocularly, using both eyes together and across a wider area.
The visual field test normally takes around five minutes to complete. You will be given some brief instructions and positioned at the machine. It is important that you ensure you are comfortable before the test starts, and please ask questions if you are uncertain about anything.
There may be occasions when you need to take the field test more than once. If you are nervous or worried about the test, don’t worry — the operator will allow you to take the test up to three times if they feel this is required. This is to give you every opportunity of performing as well as possible. There will be a break between each test but if you need more time to rest just let us know.
When will I get the results of the test and from who?Read moreRead less
Specsavers cannot comment on the outcome of the test. Your paperwork will be returned to the DVLA and any licensing decision is made at their sole discretion.
There is one exception to this – if the visual acuities do not meet the minimum eyesight standards, we will let you know so that you can take the necessary steps to meet the standard.
Unless advised otherwise, you can continue to drive after the test. If your results prevent you from driving, you will be informed by the DVLA. The results of the test will come directly to you from the DVLA and will inform you of any decision about your driving license in writing — this may take a few weeks to come through.