DMV part three

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Dan Abel, Nov 30, 2004.

  1. Dan Abel

    Dan Abel Guest

    I posted before about how I twice failed the vision screening at the
    California DMV, and my OD said that corrective lenses wouldn't help, and
    that the DMV then requires a drive test to prove that you can drive even
    though you can't pass the vision screening. Now, I've been driving mostly
    without corrective lenses for the last 2 1/2 years, since my last cataract
    surgery, but my license says that I require corrective lenses, so I've
    been out of compliance.

    So I showed up for my driving test at the DMV yesterday. Unlike past
    visits, the lines were nightmares. Fortunately, the drive test is given
    by appointment only, and the line for that was short.

    After the examiner checked the equipment on the car, he tried to diagnose
    my eye problems. I tried my best to explain, but my knowledge is limited
    and so was his. I kept telling him that I had the official DMV form with
    my OD signing, and that the OD stated that glasses were not prescribed.
    He wanted to know why. I honestly think that he wasn't hassling me or
    trying to disqualify me, but that he really wanted to learn more about
    vision problems. I think he finally accepted my theory that my retinal
    detachment was responsible for the problem.

    So, he gave me the drive test, about 20 minutes of driving around the
    exact area where I've lived for the last 25 years. I passed easily, and
    now for the first time in almost 40 years I have an unrestricted driving
    license.
     
    Dan Abel, Nov 30, 2004
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  2. Poor man, and still you believe in these things???
     
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, Dec 1, 2004
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  3. Dan Abel

    Dan Abel Guest

    I usually don't respond to Rishi. I don't usually even read his posts,
    but he was responding directly to one of mine, in a thread that I created.

    So, WHAT IN THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? An unrestricted driving
    license means that I DON'T WEAR CORRECTIVE LENSES TO DRIVE! I don't wear
    glasses, and I don't wear contacts. What is there to believe in?

    I am heavily dependent on reading glasses, but I DON'T WEAR THEM TO DRIVE.
     
    Dan Abel, Dec 1, 2004
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  4. Bigtime! Now we will have to hear how wearing minus lenses
    eliminates presbyopia.

    Now I'm going to step in it: Rishi & Otis may be loons, but we know:

    1) People who do little near work have low incidence of myopia.
    2) When same population starts doing near work, myopia skyrockets.
    3) Plus lenses don't help, so focus isn't the cause
    4) But there must be some OTHER cause -- prism? gravity/axis?
    5) May not be good to cure. I'd rather wear distance vision
    glasses than readers. Larger tolerances.

    -- Robert
     
    Robert Redelmeier, Dec 1, 2004
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  5. You dont' understand, of course, my point.
    The science, so called, you believe in, is totally wrong and against
    the plain evidence of the facts.
    I do not know why it is so.
    Presbyopia you can eliminate easily without any glasses, just learning
    the proper use of the eyes, memory and imagination.

    Not true.
    Not true for all. Explain why AT LEAST ONE gets no mypia.
    I don't like plus lenses, but since the PILOT who wears them just
    starts exercising his vision with a snellen chart, to me it is a good
    work to do.
    Discard this. The causes for imperfect sight are plainly in sight: it
    is strain to see.
    You'd rather be cured by rest methods.
    And return as God created you, without spectacles.
     
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, Dec 1, 2004
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  6. Dan Abel

    The Real Bev Guest

    WAY TO GO! Good for 5 years now, right?
     
    The Real Bev, Dec 2, 2004
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  7. Dan Abel

    Dan Abel Guest


    I wasn't told specifically, but my wife went through the same process last
    spring (flunked the vision screening twice, and had to take a driving test
    to prove that she could drive with one eye). She was told that it was a
    one-time thing, and that she would never have to take another driving test
    (for that condition, at least).

    I understand that your mother had to take a driving test, and things may
    be different for her. For my wife and I, our conditions are not age
    related (we are 54), and in both cases the OD marked our DMV forms in the
    checkbox labelled "stable". If your mother's eye problems are age related
    and/or degenerative, then the DMV may well require periodic driving tests.
     
    Dan Abel, Dec 2, 2004
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