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DMV eye exam went a little strange...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 8, 2008
  • 02:06 AM

Hi there forumites.

Recently I went to the local DMV to get my license renewed and had the simple task of putting my forehead on the little goggles on the desk and reading the top line. Strange thing was, I couldn't do it my first few attempts. Every letter was on top of another letter and I had an impossible time telling them apart. I could "see" them clearly enough, they were in focus, but they were on top of each other. The first few attempts, I backed off and asked the clerk if she was messing with me, to reset my eyes, and looked into again....finally realizing that if I shut one eye I could see how they had laid the chart out and sorta cheated my way through it.

The point is, without closing on eye, I was not passing this simplest of eye checks at the DMV. So I'm wondering what exactly that test is checking for and what it could mean for my vision.

Oh, to add to it, I got out of the military last year and on my way out was confirmed that I still had 20/15 according to their test...and I have no double-vision or blurriness any other time. I do have to admit though that I fear there may be some color-blindess setting in, I'm consistently wrong about how I judge a color with other people, to the point that it has become a bit of a joke at my office. But, I don't know if that's significant.

My fiancee is on a crusade for my health right now, and through endless years of searching google (ok, that was a bit of a stretch, but at least 15 minutes) we came across here and thought this might give us some feedback. Hope to hear something! :cool:

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  • OMG! i just got home from the DMV, and that's exactly what happened to me too. but i did go to the optometrist, and it turns out that i have perfect 20/20 vision. i wasted $60 on something like that. she told me that those ancient thingies at the DMV are just screening tests to sort out the really visually challenged. plus they're not really accurate and you can't base your vision on something like that. so i just cheated my way thru it the second time around by doing what you did, closing one eye at a time, and they still had the audacity to tell me that even if the doctor gave me a note saying that my eyes are fine, they'd still want to put a restriction on my license since i failed my test so many times. whatever, i'd listen to the optometrist any day concerning my eyes rather than what the DMV says.
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    • August 28, 2008
    • 10:20 PM
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