Driving a vehicle is a key means by which individuals maintain independence and mobility. There are over 440 million people who hold a driving licence in Europe (60% of the European population). Policymakers have a responsibility to provide a framework or legislation to enable safe driving conditions for both drivers and other citizens. Eye care clinicians need to be able to counsel patients about the visual criteria for driving, and correct and maximise vision for driving.
The European Commission Directives on driving licenses (EC Directives 2006/126/EC and 2009/113/EC) have been updated in recent years and member countries were required to align national standards to the directive by 2013. In the Medical Annex of the 2009 directive, minimum visual standards are stated to ensure drivers meet a safe visual standard for driving.
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Topic: Optical News