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  1. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    I sent my application in at the end of Jan 17. I got put to the top of the pile so to speak after I complained in July. The DVLA then began to send out their requests for medical information etc. My major step forward happened in October when I received my provisional licence for three months to get back out on the road supervised. Mid Jan 18 I had my assessment and two weeks later exactly one year after my application I received that little peice of plastic that means the world to me. The wait was tough and unknown but a million percent worth it. Every case is handled and dealt with specifically for that person but I wish you all the luck in the world. I made a good mate from this website and I can’t tell you how it helps to talk to other people that have gone through this scary ordeal and I’m not just talking about the DVLA. survivors
  2. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    Great News Ally. Having been through this my advice would be to please be patient with the dvla. It took exactly one year to get my licence back. Their backlog was rather large. Being back on the road is amazing. Words cannot describe. Also the feeling that I have not and will never allow a stroke to rule my life. Best of luck.
  3. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    Huge Congratulations to Johnnie. Having also received my freedom and independence back in Feb this year I can honestly say the wait is 100000% worth it. As Johnnie says. Follow the instructions set out by the DVLA. Provide all the information requested. Re-licensing is considered on a case by case situation. But I wish loads of luck to anyone taking this path. Kels.
  4. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    At last I’ve got in. I have been having trouble logging in. Thankyou Johnnie for the wonderful words they are hugely appreciated. I have been thinking about this for a while and I would love to be able to help newbies going through the same situation as we have. It’s three years this Sunday since that horrific day and this year I really feel like I’ve achieved something amazing. Johnnie if you have any ideas how we could help people I would love to be involved. So show people they are not alone and to never give up 😊 kels.
  5. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    I am currently 10 months into to my request to get my licence back. The dvla sent me last week to an independent Opthamologist at my local hospital for another examination. It really does seem it depends on what you miss on that Centre line of the graph. As we have to go through exceptional cases it’s likely the best thing we can wish for is to be sent for an on the road assessment. But the opportunity to prove we would be safe would be very welcome. Regards Kelly.
  6. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    Hi Anne I am 10 months into the process of re-applying for my licence under the exceptional cases criteria following a stroke I had two years ago. Maybe the following may help you. The only field tests the DVLA will accept are the Esterman field tests that they will specifically send you for. You are not able to get private field tests. There is no test that you have three attempts at. You have to place your chin on the middle of the chin rest and take the test with both eyes open. At no time can your eyes diviate from the orange light you are requested to focus on while small lights are lit for you to pick up in your peripheral vision. You must not tilt your head to try and improve your test as this will void the test as will any false positives ( clicking in the hope you catch a light ). Cars for me were a pleasure and a privalidge to drive. Not sure on the whole driverless car. The handling of a car is what makes the experience. Regards Kelly
  7. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    Hi Anne Do you think your visual field has considerably improved in the 18 years you have been off the road? I have read stories of people with Quadrantanopias getting their licence back in fact people on this thread have advised this so it is not impossible but from my appointment this week I can see how crucial the missing points and their location on the graph count. Goodluck however. I think the rules on driving have changed somewhat over the years. There are driving assessment places in Oxford and other areas that the dvla do send people to, to experience getting back behind a wheel while someone monitors how you cope and reports back. All the best. Kelly.
  8. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    Hey Johnnie So, Seen the eye Dr. She thoroughly checked my eyes and asked for my take on things and how I manage with the deficit etc. She read through all the notes the dvla sent her. They sent me to have more visual fields done and then I got called back in to see her. I have her full support and she believes I should be able to drive and she will detail this in her letter. However on the graph from the field test I am still missing two points in the centre of right visual field which she said could be where they write me off as I am missing two to many in the dvla rules. She wished me luck and said she hopes I get it back but it’s not her decision. It it seems that the quadrantanopia deficits are all different and this is probably where some get their licence back and some don’t. It makes me wonder why they then ask for proof you have adapted. If the deficit is too much though proof of adapting wouldn’t help I don’t think. You know what your last field test said. Pay careful attention to that centre line on the graph. Are there any points on there you have missed? Keeping my fingers crossed for us both. If by some huge stroke of luck they give me my licence count me in for your next Euro driving trip Trying to be positive Kels.
  9. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    My goodness Anne. I have just had my gallbladder removed. I was 34 when I had a stroke. That was two years ago. I had an Heminanopia that improved to a quadrantanopia after a few days. It’s now static. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed.
  10. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    Hi Anne I see. I waited 7 months and the dvla have said now they want an independent opthamologist to see me. My loss is upper right. I missed this programme. Johnnie mentioned it as well. Goodluck Anne.
  11. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    Haha. Thanks ClareM I will let you know. Xx Anne - I am interested in your comment ‘ specsavers were great in advising how to take the test and produce a better result ‘ I too took the Esterman visual field test at Specsavers. I wasn’t able to produce ‘better’ results. Thanks Kelly.
  12. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    Haha. Everyone calls me Kels I totally get what your saying. I’m probably being way to negative. Driving means the world to me as it does you and I just don’t know what I would do with a No from the dvla. I do know that people with our deficit have their licence and I agree everyone with this should be dealt with the same. I read somewhere that a person had lost the bottom right quadrant which he was told is worse and he got his back. I shall rely on you to keep me sane and positive. I’ll let you know how Tuesday goes. You can always email me if it’s easier. Kels.
  13. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    Hi Johnnie My husbands Aunty only has sight in one eye. The reason she has her licence is because she has full vision in the remaining eye. Where we are concerned our vision deficit effects both eyes. I’m really unsure why I am going to see the Ophamologist but I will go. I do know that people have had their licence back with this deficit but I really think it depends on the medical people you see and the person dealing with your case at the dvla. I just know how totally gutted I will be if my reply comes back as a no because that really will be the end of the line for my driving. I will let you know and I still wish you loads of luck with your application. Best Regards Kelly
  14. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    Hi Johnnie I know how crushing that must be to see your mates going off on that road trip without you. I am a terribly independent person and not being able to drive and rely on even my husband to take me places I find really hard. Your application has made it to the medical department and I really hope they have employed extra staff as they told me they would. They have made an appointment for me to see a opthamologist at my local hospital for the end of the month. I'm unsure what information they can provide that my optician didn't but we will see. Lets keep our fingers crossed. Kelly.
  15. Kelly

    Quadrantanopia

    Hi Johnnie It was my doctor and optician that confirmed I passed the criteria and recommended me for re-licensing under the exceptional cases. I chased once once a month since I sent my application in Jan. I believe I got a response after a particular email I sent that was in no way rude but it detailed how waiting this long with no idea when your case will be reviewed is unacceptable and they did actually say they are looking to employ more staff. Claire. Can I ask please, have you been given your licence back and do you have the same visual deficit as Johnnie and Myself? Thanks Kelly
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