Whether you are getting your driver's license for the first time or your current license is up for renewal, there are many good reasons to visit your optometrist before heading to your local DMV. Use this guide to determine if you should have a vision screening to help your ability to safely operate a vehicle.
No Surprises At The DMV
When getting or renewing a license, the DMV will check your vision. This is to ensure you have the visual acuity and peripheral vision needed to safely operate a motor vehicle. If you haven't had your vision tested in a while, you might be surprised to find out that your ability to see has changed. In some cases, it's possible to even fail the vision screening at the DMV. This means that you'll need to wear corrective lenses in order to drive. By having your vision tested in advance, you're less likely to be surprised by the results of your DMV vision screening.
Ensure Proper Vision
Being able to see clearly is essential for drivers. If you need to wear corrective lenses to drive, your optometrist will be able to find the right prescription for each eye. You'll be able to purchase glasses or contact lenses that restore as much vision as possible, so you can obtain a restricted driver's license. Your license may require that you wear corrective lenses, or it might indicate that you aren't allowed to drive at night. By knowing what your current vision condition is, you can be better prepared for what will happen at the DMV.
Diagnosis Of More Serious Vision Problems
There are many conditions that can impair your eyesight, and some of them can cause your vision to worsen over time. Glaucoma, for example, can lead to cloudiness in your vision that can impede your ability to drive safely. It can also impact your ability to pass the DMV vision test. If your optometrist identifies one of these conditions, you can take steps to repair the issue. Restoring your vision can make you a better driver, but it can also help improve your overall quality of life as well. Be sure to ask for a glaucoma test at your vision screening, and discuss any difficulties you've been having with your vision.
Your optometrist won't be able to pass your vision screening at the DMV for you, but he or she can provide you with the tools you need to remain safe on the road and help you see better when you do go to get your driver's license.