Glasses

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by Bdog, Nov 9, 2020.

  1. Bdog

    Bdog Road Train Member

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    I feel that I can see and drive fine without glasses but a few years ago at a routine eye exam had some prescribed. I can see better with them but don’t wear them all the time.

    in 2016 I did my DOT physical and test for my license without them and did fine. In 2018 I did my DOT physical fine without them. Two months ago I when I went to do my DOT physical I couldn’t read as many lines as they wanted me to and had to use my glasses and they checked the glasses box on my medical card. I did notice the chart seemed to be further away than I have ever seen one.

    Last week I went to renew my CDL and they do a vision test there. I passed it with flying colors without my glasses. I have no glasses restriction on my license.

    What does this mean? Generally vision deteriorates with age so passing a test in the past and failing one now means your eyesight has got worse over time but I am the opposite my most recent test was good and presumably from a more reliable source than the quack shack doing DOT physicals.

    Am I required to wear glasses when driving the semi? My state has us submit the medical card to the DPS and they just put a good or not good flag in the system. I can pull it up online and it shows valid and the expiration date. I don’t even carry the actual card around with me. My license shows no restrictions. I really don’t see how if I were stopped how they would even know.
     
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  3. Razorwyr

    Razorwyr Road Train Member

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    Keep them with you and put them on if you get stopped. Its what I've done for ten years. I cut my right eye about 15 years ago and the vision in it has gotten worse and worse, however my left eye has gotten better to compensate for it. I still see 20/20 with both eyes, but because I'm 20/50 in my right eye I have the restriction. I keep my glasses in the truck and put them on if I get stopped and have never had an issue. Even had a few times where I didn't get them on, officer asked and I was honest with him, no tickets for it. I've intermittently passed one or the other test over the years and had the card and license not match, no problems.
     
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  4. Bdog

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    Thanks. I plan on taking them with me for sure. I don’t have prescription sunglasses but like to wear sunglasses when driving. I guess my concern would be getting stopped with my sunglasses on. I actually like wearing my prescription glasses at night they seem to help quite a bit then.
    I was just curious if I don’t carry my medical card around with me how would they even know since my license say no restrictions? Our state has gone crazy with the med cards if you don’t submit it to the state before it expires they invalidate your CDL. Years ago when stopped they would normally ask for it but anymore it seems they don’t. It is like their computer tells them you have a valid one.
     
  5. Concorde

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    You can get a DOT physical from another doctor and see what happens. Just let them know that you think your eye test from the previous place was administered wrong.

    If they help you see better, what’s the fuss?
    Lastly, if your current med card says you need them..you need them.
     
  6. wis bang

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    My CSA had two violations for 391.11(b)(4) "Driver not physically qualified"

    In both cases their CDL's have no eyeglass restrictions BUT it was noted on their Physicals and they were caught without their glasses which is an Out of Service violation
     
  7. daf105paccar

    daf105paccar Road Train Member

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    I recently went for a full exam off my eyes(non DOT,pure medical)
    Turns out that with age eyes can improve in a certain field and get worse in another.
    For example my righteye has in improved in it's far sight but the short or near sight has gotten worse.
     
  8. Bdog

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    That certainly seems logical and correct but how did the officers know this? I don't carry my medical card with me. Their computer systems tell them if I have it or not. Does their computer pop up an actual copy of it or something?
     
  9. wis bang

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    NJ does, I see the physical info when I obtain an MVR
     
  10. PureLeafTea

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    I thought the requirement was corrected in both eyes to like 20/30 or something. So 20/50 in one eye should be a failure and require an exemption which I heard takes 6 months to get.

    The entire thing makes no sense. It should be corrected in both to whatever then your side perception to whatever degree.

    And their computer does tell them. I asked about that. It also tells them in about 5 mins after you’ve been pulled over should you get pulled over again that you were just pulled over. All put into a federal computer. Thank you Big Brother.


    1984 is here.
     
  11. Razorwyr

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    20/40 is the pass/fail line. I have 20/50 in my right, 20/15 in my left, 20/20 with both. I am required to wear glasses. I think its dumb because I'm never going to ride down the road with my left eye closed/covered, but thats what my license and med card say, so its what I'm supposed to do.

    As far as getting an exemption, I'm not sure what you mean. I'm under the impression it is black and white. You're either restricted to corrective lenses or not. 20/40 you're good, 20/45 and you're wearing glasses, but you can retest and get it removed if you pass. I've been caught not wearing them 3 times, but they never made an issue of it. I was just told to put them on or asked to be shown that I had them. I found if youre honest and not irate, they typically will cut you a lot of slack.
     
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