- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
So I haven’t been to an eye doctor in about 9 years (I think I was 20 or 21). My vision was fine then and I was told I probably wouldn’t need glasses, except maybe something related to old age. Since I haven’t had any vision problems or noticeable changes I haven’t been back. I don’t wear glasses or contacts and have never had corrective surgery or anything.
So I had to get a new driver’s license and I failed the vision exam. It looked a little blurry to me and I think I was looking through both eyes instead of one eye (the guy just told me to look in and read the line, not sure if that makes a big difference but apparently you’re supposed to do one eye at a time?). So they of course will not give me a license unless I go in to see an Optometrist to have this form filled out.
This was pretty surprising to me since I read fine and go about my normal business without anything unusual (to my knowledge).
The problem is I’m 34 weeks pregnant (tomorrow) and I know that your vision can be affected by pregnancy (especially in the third trimester). Most pregnancy books say that you shouldn’t even get new prescriptions because it can change/go back to normal after you give birth.
I’m not really sure what to do here. It seems ridiculous to me to pay $99 for a vision exam and potentially glasses just for my vision to return to “normal” anytime 6 weeks-6 months from now (apparently breastfeeding can also affect vision?).
I am going to go into the DMV in the AM (I went in around 5pm, so I know you have more swelling later in the day) next Friday and try to retake it to see if I can pass it.
If I don’t pass it I’m not sure what to do. Do you really think I need to pay $125+ for glasses that I might not need after I’m pregnant? Just so I can have a valid license? I’m considering letting my license expire (mid-March) since there is only a 2 week gap between that and my due date and trying it out again maybe a month after birth.
Next Friday is my Dr.’s appointment so I will ask her then. I will call the DMV but it takes hours of waiting to get ahold of them so I haven’t done it yet (I am also having my Dad check).
Of course, if I really do need glasses for driving I would get them but I am not sure how to tell what is related to pregnancy and what is a real problem (or if the Optometrist can tell that). I drive fine and can see everything while driving…
I called an Optometrist’s office but all they could tell me was that I could have the form filled out but the DMV possibly still wouldn’t give me a license because all the Optometrist can do is write what your vision is at the moment and whether or not they recommend that you can drive.
This is really frustrating to me, any eye doctor or pregnant/formally pregnant bees have any advice?