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Driving hope for people with laser-treated retinopathy

Recommendations from a Department for Transport report mean that people who have undergone laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy will be tested more fairly and appropriately when trying to regain their driving licence.

Since the implementation of European Union guidelines, people who have failed visual field tests have had their licence revoked indefinitely.

“We are pleased with the recommendations made in the report," said Simon O’Neill, Director of Care, Information and Advocacy at Diabetes UK.

"Many people’s lives have been seriously affected by the loss of their driving licence, as they depend on their cars for mobility and their livelihoods. We hope that these recommendations will give people the chance to regain their licences through fair and thorough testing.”

To download a full copy of the report, 'Expert Consensus Workshop: Diabetic Retinopathy and Fitness to Drive, 2 March 2006', please visitwww.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/research/rsrr/theme6/

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