Glaucoma Association Forum

Our forum is moving!

Our current forum will close on 29 June.

As we are soon to become Glaucoma UK, we are excited to announce our new website forum will be moving to the world’s largest online support network- HealthUnlocked. We have our own community, currently International Glaucoma Association. People with questions or comments about glaucoma and related topics can post them on the site. Much like on our existing forum, people can respond and our staff will moderate responses. However, there are more things we can do with this site compared to the existing forum – we can post surveys or tell you about events and you can make friends with other members of the community. One big advantage of using an external site like HealthUnlocked is that they take care of spam or other junk posts. That means we can focus on getting the right information to you. You can also join communities linked to other conditions or topics.

Simply register here healthunlocked.com and join our community by typing International Glaucoma Association in the search bar, then click on “Community” you can then add yourself to our page. If you have already registered, then just click here healthunlocked.com/iga-uk to join.

You can still post to this forum as normal until 29 June. However, you may find HealthUnlocked a better experience – why not try it today? If you need any help with signing up, please contact our helpline on 01233 64 81 70 or sightline@iga.org.uk.

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Posted By: lynsey
Total Posts: 7
Joined Date: 16 Nov 2004
Glaucoma has knowingly been with me for the past 15 tears, so I have duly taken the field tests. This time, alas, I scored a fail on the test. I can see for miles, side and ahead. I took the Institute of Advanced Motorist's Test in 1956 (I am number 338), and again two years ago to prove to myself that I was still a safe driver. This latter meant driving around for two hours with an off-duty police traffic sergeant, who at the end congratulated me on my performance. But the DVLA Field Test..............Computer say NO I offered to do the test again, but, I suppose quite rightly the DVLA have to go by their own rules. I now get many offers of lifts and in many cases am terrified to death; I think I should be driving this thing! Personally I think it's a Government plot assisted by Europe to get we oldies off the road. austinholroyd
Posted : 8 Jun 2005
Posted By: Nikky
Total Posts: 10
Joined Date: 11 Nov 2004
Hello Austin. I failed the field test 7 years ago. I was tested at hospital and the nurse told me to wear my glasses. This year following a cataract operation I applied for a re-test. This time I was sent to an optician who insisted that i did not wear my glasses because I am short-sighted - I passed. So I am wondering whether you are shortsighted and took the test wearing glasses. If so it could make a difference. Hust a thought.
Posted : 8 Jun 2005
Posted By: Cedra
Total Posts: 4
Joined Date: 27 Oct 2004
Join the club! I failed the field test 12 months ago with a similar background story to yours. Since then i have been unsuccessfully arguing that I should be granted a driving assessment - a privilege that seems to be available under special rules to those with visual defects other than glaucoma. I described my situation in a reply to Colliesrus's contribution under Glaucoma and field testing. How many more like us are out there, I wonder??
Posted : 8 Jun 2005
Posted By: campbelluk
Total Posts: 4
Joined Date: 27 Oct 2004
I am yet another case in this chain. Had glaucoma for almost 30 years. Failed the Esterman Field test and refused licence. I too am a member of Advanced Motorists and have a life-long clean driving licence. Both my doctor and Consultant supported my plea against refusal. Now, 6 months later I have moved to Dorset and have a different Consultant who has given me the Goldman field test and PASSED. My case to DVLA will now be re-submitted. Does anyone have experience of the Goldman Test accepted by DVLA; they seme to have a fixation on the Esterman test. Reading the Advisory Panel recommendations to DVLA is very complex BUT IT DOES NOT SUGGEST THAT ONLY THE ESTERMAN TEST IS VALID. It still seems to all depend on the DVLA assessment of what is significant scotomata in central area of vision in the Esterman. Anyone experienced the Goldman test for DVLA? I too am an oldie and feel that despite my Doctor's qualification of good health and a total lack of medication (other than for glaucoma) my age has been factored in.
Posted : 8 Jun 2005
Posted By: Cedra
Total Posts: 4
Joined Date: 27 Oct 2004
Colliesrus's experience of passing the Goldman test after previously failing the Esterman is very interesting. I failed an Esterman last year after previously passing several 3-yearly tests , but I don't know which type they were. What particularly intrigues me is the similarity of the three cases being discussed in the Forum where long-standing glaucoma has been coped with by highly experienced drivers who suddenly find themselves being failed - I refer to Colliesrus, Austinholroyd, and myself - could it be that we have all been failed by the Esterman after previously passing on the Goldman?? Anyway, please be sure to let us know if the DVLA relents in the face of the new test result - if they do it may give me heart to restart my attempts to get them to give me an assessment instead of repeating parrot-like that glaucoma is progressive....
Posted : 8 Jun 2005

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