Any inside info on DVLA / Specsavers driving assessments?

H3llsBells

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I wondered if anyone had any info regarding assessments for driving that are requested by DVLA and undertaken by Specsavers. I had to give up my licence approx 2 years ago due to retinopathy but following successful treatment have been told by the consultant ophthalmologist and an independent optician, that there's no "eye" reason I can't drive safely again. Having sent all the necessary paperwork back the the DVLA, they have said that they can't do anything as they're "not booking appointments for a visual assessment due to Covid-19". Selfishly, fairly gutted by this! Would welcome any feedback / info if anyone has heard if and when they might revise this.... especially given that the Covid scenario has escalated in the last few days. Thank you
 

grovesy

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I don't know about the specific DVLA but I know my local Specsavers are open with Covid measures doing normal eye tests and selling specs. My friend had an eye test last week.
 

H3llsBells

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Thanks @grovesy
This is what I can't understand given that Specsavers are open with Covid measures in place, and my local one has been for several weeks! Not sure if the delay lies with DVLA for not being able to arrange the necessary appointment or if Specsavers have said they can't do these appointments due to smaller numbers of staff in store? Frustrating either way!
 

grovesy

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Thanks @grovesy
This is what I can't understand given that Specsavers are open with Covid measures in place, and my local one has been for several weeks! Not sure if the delay lies with DVLA for not being able to arrange the necessary appointment or if Specsavers have said they can't do these appointments due to smaller numbers of staff in store? Frustrating either way!
Possibly it is the DVLA.
 

Pumper_Sue

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Would welcome any feedback / info if anyone has heard if and when they might revise this.... especially given that the Covid scenario has escalated in the last few days. Thank you
Specsavers are not doing any field vision tests. I went for an eye test the other day and it's one in at a time masks on etc and rooms cleaned after use. Optician just did the old fashion field test as in follow my fingers.
 

Anitram

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My guess is that it's the DVLA. Our youngest has a genetic condition that requires him to have his eye health checked annually at our local hospital. DVLA required a field vision test, which we arranged with Specsavers. His field vision turned out to be fine but it still took DVLA almost 10 weeks to send him his licence.

Martin
 

Pumper_Sue

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My guess is that it's the DVLA. Our youngest has a genetic condition that requires him to have his eye health checked annually at our local hospital. DVLA required a field vision test, which we arranged with Specsavers. His field vision turned out to be fine but it still took DVLA almost 10 weeks to send him his licence.

Martin
Specsavers are not doing field vision tests at the moment. So it's not the DVLA. Obviously as the virus situation changes so does what they can do at any one time.

Every piece of equipment has to be cleaned sterilized after use so the staff are working overtime just to get basic eye tests done. So field vision tests are prob bottom of the list for priority at the moment.
 

grovesy

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Specsavers are not doing field vision tests at the moment. So it's not the DVLA. Obviously as the virus situation changes so does what they can do at any one time.

Every piece of equipment has to be cleaned sterilized after use so the staff are working overtime just to get basic eye tests done. So field vision tests are prob bottom of the list for priority at the moment.
As with everything else different places are working differently, as the Specsavers my friend went to were letting limited people in and manned door, and distance waiting in the waiting area.
 

Pumper_Sue

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As with everything else different places are working differently, as the Specsavers my friend went to were letting limited people in and manned door, and distance waiting in the waiting area.
It's exactly the same at nearest specs to me, plus the cleaning after each client.
 

H3llsBells

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Thanks all for your feedback, suspected it might be that field vision tests are bottom of the list for Specsavers, understandably even if frustratingly! onwards and upwards....
 

everydayupsanddowns

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Thanks all for your feedback, suspected it might be that field vision tests are bottom of the list for Specsavers, understandably even if frustratingly! onwards and upwards....
Does it have to be Specsavers? Is there an independent opticians you can use to get your visual field chacked (with or without a fancy machine?)
 

Pumper_Sue

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Personally, I do not see why the DVLA can't accept a hospital conducted field vision test.
 
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