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My license expired so I needed an eye test. I have one eye that is not so good so I had to get new glasses. Went back a second time for the eye test & still could not see good enough from one eye, so no license. They told me if I flunk again I'll have to do a driving test. Huh? Has this happened to anyone else?

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brownie9171277522473.9874579 PostsRegistered 11/19/2004New England

The problem might be the lenses in your glasses. I had a problem seeing the eye-chart through the tiny thingamajig last Sept. when I got my licensed renewed. I have *Tri*Focals which give me 20/20 vision (and I must wear glasses while driving -requirement on my license). However the trifocals blur my reading of the numbers on through the machine. I had to take the time to find which of the three lenses could 'see' the numbers. Obviously if I have 20/20 vision with my glasses, I have no problem seeing. But the test machine seems to nterfere with lenses.

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Lucky8641277522741.21250 PostsRegistered 6/19/2010

They would probably want you to do another driving test if you flunk the eye exam again to make sure that you can safely judge distances out on the road. Although this probably isn't the case with you, there are some cases where people with bad eyesight endanger their own lives as well as the lives of others while driving. The DMV is just trying to protect you. :) Good luck on your next exam!

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reiki6041277556666.551443 PostsRegistered 10/22/2008nyc

Ummmm....just thinking that if you flunk the eye test a couple of times, maybe you do need to take a driving test again. Safety first.

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lulu21277556879.45719879 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

If you cannot read the eye chart within range, you should have to retake the behind the wheel test. There are too many people who have had their license for 50+ years that should be retested. My father is one of them.

MaggieToo1277557205.087759 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004AZ
On 6/25/2010 joly said:

My license expired so I needed an eye test. I have one eye that is not so good so I had to get new glasses. Went back a second time for the eye test & still could not see good enough from one eye, so no license. They told me if I flunk again I'll have to do a driving test. Huh? Has this happened to anyone else?

Are they saying that if you can't see out of one of your eyes that you cannot have a license? That doesn't seem fair. I'm sure there are people who can drive perfectly with one eye.

If that's the case, I'll have trouble when I get my license renewed. I've had a macular hole in my right eye that did not get corrected properly then had a cataract removed from it.

I can see with it, I just can't read too well with it because the letters are broken apart.

Oh, well, I have until October 2011.

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FrostyBabe1277563969.762994 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004in the vicinity of an area adjacent to a location
On 6/25/2010 joly said:

My license expired so I needed an eye test. I have one eye that is not so good so I had to get new glasses. Went back a second time for the eye test & still could not see good enough from one eye, so no license. They told me if I flunk again I'll have to do a driving test. Huh? Has this happened to anyone else?

Funny how things can vary from state to state, I guess. I live in Michigan, and the last few times I've had to take the Michigan eye exam, I could not see anything on the far right hand side without my glasses. I asked if they wanted me to put them on, and they said no, no need, Michigan only requires vision in one eye. Actually makes me wonder about the exam itself as although I do have some pretty heavy distance correction in my right eye, I see just fine and often don't wear my glasses. I even asked my opthamologist about it and he said the test must be funky.

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sparklingr­ivers1277564313.8311155 PostsRegistered 1/15/2009

I have a cousin that was born with only one eye and he is allowed to drive.

esmerelda1277564453.54313182 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

When I need a DMV vision test, I get an eye exam (from the eye doctor) and get a note that fulfills the DMV test requirement. I don't need the stress of the "on site" test. Maybe that would work for you, especially if you are due for an eye exam anyway.

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Cakers11277564701.4812720 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007

My renewal was done online. No eye exam required.{#emotions_dlg.scared}

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sparklingr­ivers1277564971.82711155 PostsRegistered 1/15/2009
On 6/26/2010 esmerelda said:

When I need a DMV vision test, I get an eye exam (from the eye doctor) and get a note that fulfills the DMV test requirement. I don't need the stress of the "on site" test. Maybe that would work for you, especially if you are due for an eye exam anyway.

This is a great idea. I think I will do this.

oppia1277565723.933072 PostsRegistered 10/26/2004

Going the way of the eye test first my liscense expires soon.{#emotions_dlg.scared}

Shelbelle1277566602.1632876 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Here in MD, you are exempt from the DMV eye test if you have have had an eye exam within a suitable time frame, and your eye doctor signs off on a license renewal for you. May be within 6 months to a year, not sure.

azterry1277566670.156341 PostsRegistered 3/31/2008valley of the sun, AZ

The last time I took the eye test, the glass was so dirty on the thing I looked through that I was having trouble seeing. I'd just had Lasik, so I knew my eyes were fine. I told the guy about it, and tried to wipe it off. I finally got it clean enough to see, but YUCK! I don't even want to think about what the dirt was.

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Riverside1277566859.9674950 PostsRegistered 4/23/2010
On 6/26/2010 Cakers1 said:

My renewal was done online. No eye exam required.{#emotions_dlg.scared}

Cakers, do you wear glasses? I do and I did my renewal on-line; however, I had to have my doctor fill out a form (they obviously have it on file that I need glasses to drive) and then when I went on-line, there were specific questions I had to answer taking the info from what my doctor had sent to me. Of course, it saved me from having to go to DMV to have the eye exam there.

Clover291277568212.0379525 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008

I renewed mine (in person at the DMV) last year and no eye test was done. I live in WA state, don't know what our rules are. I was tested to get the license originally, but not for the renewal. I didn't need a doctor's note, they just never asked. Maybe they see that it says my vision is corrected (I wear glasses) and as long as I turn up wearing glasses, that's good enough?

clemintine1277568435.96718155 PostsRegistered 11/5/2007C.C.

I have trifocals too...and have to FIND the right spot before I open my mouth!

Here you can renew online, but the next time you have to go in, then online, then in.

It's 5 years between. Man, did I look different when they took my picture this time!! Because it had been 10 years! OMG, who is that woman on my license???

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babyac04061277568961.397271 PostsRegistered 3/2/2006Delaware

My vision is something like 120/20 (about the same in both eyes). I renewed in Delaware a couple of years ago. I brought my RX glasses with me but asked if I could take the test without (didn't want picture with glasses) and I passed!! I know I missed a couple letters...wasn't too strict apparently...

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markswife1277573164.941927 PostsRegistered 12/4/2007

Just happened to me , the lady said , go get new glasses and come back , well turns out new glasses would not help. I have a cataract, Must have surgery, can't get the surgery til July 23.soo had to go back to dmv to get an extention on my temp. license. Then will have to go back one more time and pass the chart. 3 trips , just to get to drive :)

markswife1277573509.461927 PostsRegistered 12/4/2007
On 6/26/2010 Cakers1 said:

My renewal was done online. No eye exam required.{#emotions_dlg.scared}

In my state , you can only renew online for a certain number of times , Then they require you to come in , new photo and eye test required. its 12 yrs between office renewals though.

Riverside1277578330.6274950 PostsRegistered 4/23/2010
On 6/26/2010 markswife said:

Just happened to me , the lady said , go get new glasses and come back , well turns out new glasses would not help. I have a cataract, Must have surgery, can't get the surgery til July 23.soo had to go back to dmv to get an extention on my temp. license. Then will have to go back one more time and pass the chart. 3 trips , just to get to drive :)

Good luck with the cataract surgery!

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