An important part of my services is helping people with impaired vision keep their driver's license so they can stay independent. I understand the DMV vision requirements very well and often speak with the medical department of the Virginia DMV on behalf of my patients.
A 58 year old man was referred to me by his optometrist about 3 weeks ago. He has had life long reduced vision. He owns a very successful contracting business which requires driving to various work sites.
A few months ago he'd seen a retinal specialist and was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. The doctor told him that he needed to quit work and stop driving. He reported the man to the DMV and his license was suspended. Of course, that was very bad news and was unacceptable to the patient. He visited an optometrist who did the required testing and wrote a letter to the DMV asking that the man's license be reinstated. It was not and the optometrist referred him to me.
I tested the man's vision carefully, complying with DMV requirements,demonstrated that his vision met those requirements and faxed my report to their medical office.
I expected a call from DMV asking why my results were better than those of the retinal specialist and the other optometrist. No call.
Yesterday the patient came to my office and told me that his license had been reinstated and he's able to drive again. Of course, he's very happy.
Interestingly, this man did not require telescopic glasses to pass the test. He does not require glasses at all to drive. All he needed careful testing by someone who understands the DMV vision requirements and understands how important driving is to him.
I'm happy I was able to help this nice man.