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Discussion in 'Driving and DVLA' started by Tanny35, May 15, 2016.

  1. Tanny35

    Tanny35 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi all - I've recently had bleeds in both eyes and laser treatment in both eyes too.
    My license is up for renewal next month so I have to fill out al the forms etc. I know you have to inform the DVLA of u have laser in both eyes. Do I need to call them? Or will my renewal application be enough? Also, I'm not driving at the min as the bleed affected my vision a bit. But hoping I won't lose my license over it. I need a new prescription for glasses and an due at the opticians. Should I leave it until all the blood re-absorbs? Are the DVLA going to send me for tests whilst the bloods still there or are they likely to wait? If they do and take my license can I re-apply when the bloods gone?
    Any advice would be appreciated

    Thanks


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    Tanny35 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The doc that did the laser said now it's been sealed it should re-absorb but can take weeks. I have an appointment on the 3rd July with the retina clinic follow up appointment. My license doesn't expire until 18th July
    Not been told there's anything I can do to help the blood re-absorb. Was told it would happen gradually


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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    Hi @Tanny35

    I'm sorry you've had eye problems. I wish you a good recovery.

    I haven't had experience of this but I suggest maybe phoning the DVLA and telling them. It's very possible you may have to fill in additional forms when you renew your licence, so letting them know means you can ensure you have all the right paperwork.

    I'm going to tag two mods who, I believe, know a little more about eyes and diabetes. @noblehead and @himtoo , can you help?
     
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    Hi @Tanny35
    As your licence is coming up for renewal -- all the relevant forms should be included for you to fill in.
    the fact you have had recent work done on your eyes could mean they send you for additional tests such as field of vision.

    the process has normally been very slow for me ( usually taking around 3 months ) and I have normally had to attend an optometrist at DVLA choosing for those additional tests.

    if your forms arrive in the next few days and you take a couple of weeks to fill them in -- and then their processes start to rumble in to action -- your eyes could be well on their way to healed before any test is scheduled.

    If they do take your licence you have the right of appeal , and if they do schedule an appt that you feel won't be beneficial to you in terms of how far along the healing process you are -- perhaps that might be the time to broach the subject of a delay.

    remember -- your doctors are consulted on this and may advise that you will be fine to drive

    I would try not to worry any more than you probably are already until you need to .

    sorry .........hope this helps a bit
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    Tanny35 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @himtoo

    Thank you for your advise as always! You always give such good advice :)
    I will delay sending the forms off for a couple of weeks like you say.

    If they do take it, I think i will deffo appeal.
    I feel like there has been a definite improvement in my vision since it all happened 3 weeks ago. So hopefully the blood is already starting to re-absorb :)

    Thanks again
    X


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