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Poor vision could cost you your driver’s license
Poor vision could cost you your driver’s license

Poor vision could cost you your driver’s license

| Mar 18, 2021 | Driver’s License Suspension |

Vision is one sense that tends to change over time. Many people start out with good vision but may have it worsen as they age. Others may develop diseases, like cataracts, that make it harder for them to see clearly.

Today, there are many operations and medications used to help people who have vision-related issues. In some cases, their vision may return. If you have lost your license due to violating the law and driving when you did not meet the vision standards, you may still have the opportunity to get it back.

Inadequate vision is a reason for a license suspension

If you fail the eye test or no longer meet the minimum vision standards (even with corrective lenses), then you will either lose your license or be asked to turn it in. Driving despite knowing your vision is not good enough is against the law.

The good news is that you can get your license back once you show that your vision has improved and that you can see well enough to drive. For example, if you have an eye operation to improve your vision from legally blind to 20/20 vision or if you can meet the vision requirements by wearing glasses or contact lenses, then there is no reason that you should not be able to drive due to your sight.

To restore your license, you will need to send your new eye exam report that shows that you now meet the minimum standards to your local driver’s license office. Your doctor should also give you a Field of Vision Chart to send with this exam report.

Once you send this in, then the chart will be reviewed by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Bureau of Motorist Compliance’s medical section, which will determine if your license may be reinstated.

If you are having issues getting your license reinstated, or if you think you lost it because of faulty testing, your attorney may be able to help you appeal the decision or be reconsidered for the reinstatement of your license.

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