In late December the RSA wrote to all “stakeholders” regarding the new standards required for driver’s vision. These new tests have been hurriedly implemented, and apparently without enough though put in to which tests would be recommended or acceptable, and what would be the pass mark! Optometrists, as recommended by our Association have implemented these new standards, as far as possible at least, until further clarification allows the full testing to be done.
Some GPs, as recommended by their professional body, The Irish College of General Practitioners, continue to perform the driving sight test to the older standards. The main issue to us is that the new standards involve a full eye examination plus further testing, which is obviously time consuming to check, and therefore more expensive for our clients than the old test. We are obliged to do the new tests this way- we are bound to do what is recommended as best practice by our professional body- the Association of Optometrists.