can not read at a distance, high glasses prescription

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I have bad vision, i got tested a week ago and my prescription is -14.50 (right) in one eye and -14.25 (left) in the other. i have bad astigmatism

Im 17 years old and i wished to learn to drive all my life, as i could see everything fine with glasses i didnt think my eyesight would be an issue until i read on the requirements. atm the glasses im using are -13.70 in both eyes (waiting on new ones) and with these glasses i cant pass the vision test needed to drive (read a number plate from 20m away) even though when i got my eye sight tested, he put up a plate on the screen and said it was the right size for the distance and as i was able to read it he said i should be fine, with my new glasses

i dont think i will because when i went outside and measured (guessed) 20 metres i couldnt read it and i dont think ill be able to with my new glasses either tbh as they are not much different.

what are my options if i cant with the new glasses, could i get lasik? i tried contacts but couldnt get them in after 1 hour of trying so i gave up

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    Astigmatism is always a problem for drivers. Do you have glasses that are specifically for driving? They also need to be blue coated to cut down on glare.    You may be able to get a licence to drive in daylight but not at night when your problem will be worse. This isnt ideal as light conditions can change rapidly.  You will also have to declare this eyesight problem on any insurance and this will mean,coupled with your age, high premiums. Lasik is an option you can pursue but it is costly and no guarantees that you will be able to drive more easily. Are you in UK?  were you taking the UK vision driving test ordered by the DVLA?
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      thanks for your reply.

      No i dont have glasses specifically for driving i just have one prescription pair that have high index lenses but im not sure about coatings. however its more things in the distance (letters) are kind of blurry not really glare.

      i haven't had a driving test yet but i want to learn soon so i was checking the eye standards and just assessrd

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    Since you are young your eyes could still be changing and it looks like your prescription has changed since your last test, that will be the reason you can't read the letters at a distance. I know people who are more myopic than you and they all drive cars.

    Have you considered contact lenses? Glasses for high myopes tend to reduce the size of the image they see making it more difficult to see letters at distances. Contact lenses will give a bigger image size since they are closer to the eye, might be worth a try.

    Good luck

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