Having vision in only one eye does not have to prevent driving, providing that vision remaining is of the required level. However, it is your responsibility to inform the DVLA and your insurance company about the loss of an eye. You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell the DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.
The DVLA or insurance company may ask for an eye test to be taken to prove that sight remaining is of a sufficient level for driving. If you previously held a Heavy Goods Vehicle or Public Service Vehicle licence unfortunately you will have to surrender these licences.
It may take several months for you to adapt safely to driving with one eye. In particular, your ability to judge distances accurately may be affected and you may less aware of objects to each side of you. To help, you will need to make more use of your wing mirrors. You will also need to bear in mind that blind spots caused by your car’s design will be larger for you if you can only see out of one eye.
However, many patients report that after some time of being back behind the wheel, on reflection, they consider themselves more careful drivers now than they were before as they make doubly sure to check all around them before making manoeuvres like changing lanes or making turns.
You may wish to consider obtaining a pair of glasses specifically for night-time driving with an anti-reflective coating. Even if you don’t specifically require glasses, this type of spectacle can enhance acuity, decrease reflection and decrease glare. You should discuss this with an optician.