Peripheral vision loss....will I lose my licence?

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I have slowly been losing my peripheral vision for 18mths after a traumatic brain injury. i currently have several lesions showing on my brain and awaiting another mri to check for lesions on my spinal cord. I am worried I am going to lose my licence as my neurologist recommended me informing the dvla. Does anyone know how to interpret these results?

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    The black shading is where you have lost your vision. If your neurologist has recommended you contact the DVLA then it may be recorded on your records and you should do as he/she suggests. You will get a form to fill in about your health and vision problems and the DVLA will ask for your doctors name/address and all your consultants and the hospitals you attend. They will obtain your medical records from both sources and their own doctors will assess them . You will then be contacted to have a special drivers vision test, often at Specsavers. You may also have to see an independent ophthalmologist. According to the result of all these investigations you will either keep your licence with reviews at certain intervals or you will lose your licence temporarily or you will lose it permanently.

    If you ignore the recommendation to contact the DVLA and you have an accident or are stopped by the police for anything, then your insurance may be invalid as you havent contacted the DVLA . That could involve you in personal liability, which could be thousands of pounds. Dont risk it...its not worth it. Dont assume you WILL lose your licence, but you and other road users have to be safe and not sorry.

    I lost part of my sight nearly 10 years ago and have to have my vision checked every 3 years to renew my licence.

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      thanks for the info, i have of course already contacted the dvla and I am still waiting 5 days later for the forms to arrive. i just hoped someone could advise what this data means in terms of the standards set by the dvla.

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      Its not that simple to interpret and explain. Your sight will be tested as an individual and each field test will be compared to the last. If you look at the scale at the bottom of your chart and compare, you will see the % sight loss that you have already suffered. There are other tests which you have to do and the outcome is determined when all tests are compared.

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