License Screenings

Driver’s- , Skippers- and Pilot Licenses

Driver’s License 

It is estimated that over 90% of traffic information is visual, meaning that most of the critical decisions we make while driving and our overall safety on the road are based on what we can see. This is why eye tests are vital when applying for or renewing a driver’s license. 

In South Africa, you need to meet the minimum eyesight standard to qualify for a car driver’s license. The minimum requirements are set according to the Snellen rating. It states that you need a visual acuity of 6/12 (20/40) for each eye and a visual field of 120 degrees to operate a small vehicle safely. In addition, if you require prescription lenses to correct your vision, this needs to be declared on your license. 

At Van Eeden & le Roux, we offer driver’s license screening so you can avoid the long queues and reveal and correct any potential vision problems before you apply for your new license – saving you time and money. 

After completing the eye examination, you will receive acceptable documents stating that you had your vision screened by a qualified optometrist. You can present these documents to the Traffic Department while applying for a driver’s license. 

Book your driver’s license screening now. 

Skippers License 

All individuals wanting to apply for a Small Vessel Certificate of Competency or a skipper’s license must pass an eye test comprising a visual acuity test and a colour-blindness test. 

The visual acuity test will be based on Snellen’s principle, which contains letters that decrease in size. You will be required to read all the lines with or without vision aids for your optometrist to sign that you passed the test. 

The colour blindness test will make use of the Ishihara card test. Unfortunately, no visual aids to correct colour-blindness deficiencies are permitted when operating a small vessel. 

Please note that on the day of your appointment, you must bring in the necessary documents that need to be signed off by your optometrist. 

Schedule your skipper’s eye test today. 

Pilot License 

Much like driver’s and skipper’s license's, there are outlined visual standards that an individual needs to comply with to be eligible for a pilot license. 

The primary visual requirements for civilian requirements are as follows: 

Distance visual acuity of 20/20 or better in each eye, with or without correction.

Intermediate visual acuity of 20/40 or better in each eye, with or without correction.

Near visual acuity of 20/40 or better in each eye, with or without correction.

Good colour vision.

You will be required to inform your optometrist of the more specific guidelines that you need to be assessed for. For example, if your optometrist discovers that you need prescription glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision, you will need to inform them of the type of lenses you are permitted to wear. 

If you require sunglasses, our trained staff will assist you in finding a pair that sits comfortably on your face and advise you on any lens enhancements you may need. 

For more information, contact us today.