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Posted By: Mr G
Total Posts: 1
Joined Date: 18 Mar 2020

Having recently applied to regain my C1 licence and have had to take tests at Specsavers as instructed by DVLA.  My experiences with Specsavers were very concerning.  On my first visit to them all appeared to be fine. However having been requested by DVLA to attend a further test on a Henson machine I had to take an hour long journey to the nearest Specsavers with this equipment.  This visit was very disappointing.  The person carrying out the test did not appear to be familiar with the equipment and did not realise I was sitting in the wrong position until I was three quarters of the way through the test. As soon  as I was positioned correctly I could see the whole of the screen, but this will not be reflected in the final test results. It will obviously affect the rest of my life if I lose my licence so all I can say is please make sure that Specsavers set you up correctly before taking any tests. Apart from being in the wrong position I was seated in a very small cubicle facing the reception area with voice distractions  all around.  Just make sure that you push your chin well forward otherwise you do not see the whole screen. Hopefully other people will have someone who is familiar with the machine and will ensure that they are seated correctly as, unfortunately, I had to discover this for myself.  Hope this helps others. 

Posted : 18 Mar 2020
Posted By: Sightline
Total Posts: 309
Joined Date: 20 Feb 2009

Hello PeterPiper313

 

Having the test done at Specsavers can be stressful at the best of times so we can only imagine how you felt during the test. The Specsavers staff are not allowed to discuss the results with you in case the information they give is is incorrect which we are sure you understand. All test results are sent to the DVLA for review and you will hear in a few weeks with their decision. Please call us on 01233 648170 to discuss further as we will be able to help and advise you better over the phone.  Sightline

 

Posted : 20 Nov 2018
Posted By: Peterpiper313
Total Posts: 2
Joined Date: 14 Nov 2018

I took my DVLA sight test yesterday at Specsavers and felt very unhappy about it. The cubical was cramped with a curtain at my back separating a passage at the back of the showroom from which noise and voices could be heard. There was also some drilling work being done close by. The first test was aborted about three quarter of the way through when the operator realised there was a screen mask reducing the visible area in front of my face that neeed to be removed.

The second and third test test seemed ok until the operator printed out the result and found no data and the test had to be rerun. The fourth and fifth tests I had become a bit stressed and commented to the operator that I found I was responding to movement of the red light by pressing the button. She made no response so I don’t know what effect this would have.

At the end of the test I asked some general questions about the test but was told they could not say anything. They had three sets of data from tests and I think the remaining sight test was ok but at the start  before the tests I was not not particularly concerned but now I’m very worried about the consequences of not doing well. 

I was first diagnosed with open angle glaucoma just 5 weeks ago and both the original Specsavers Optician and the Hospital Opthalmic Consultant I saw in the meantime did similar tests and commented I had nothing to worry about. But I do worry that they may be nothing I can do about it if these dvla tests were the mess I think they were.

Posted : 14 Nov 2018
Posted By: Peterpiper313
Total Posts: 2
Joined Date: 14 Nov 2018

I took my DVLA sight test yesterday at Specsavers and felt very unhappy about it. The cubical was cramped with a curtain at my back separating a passage at the back of the showroom from which noise and voices could be heard. There was also some drilling work being done close by. The first test was aborted about three quarter of the way through when the operator realised there was a screen mask reducing the visible area in front of my face that neeed to be removed.

The second and third test test seemed ok until the operator printed out the result and found no data and the test had to be rerun. The fourth and fifth tests I had become a bit stressed and commented to the operator that I found I was responding to movement of the red light by pressing the button. She made no response so I don’t know what effect this would have.

At the end of the test I asked some general questions about the test but was told they could not say anything. They had three sets of data from tests and I think the remaining sight test was ok but at the start  before the tests I was not not particularly concerned but now I’m very worried about the consequences of not doing well. 

I was first diagnosed with open angle glaucoma just 5 weeks ago and both the original Specsavers Optician and the Hospital Opthalmic Consultant I saw in the meantime did similar tests and commented I had nothing to worry about. But I do worry that they may be nothing I can do about it if these dvla tests were the mess I think they were.

Posted : 14 Nov 2018
Posted By: Maxine Correya
Total Posts: 8
Joined Date: 20 Apr 2018
Hi Sightline, thank you so much for your reply. I did ask for copies of my tests but they said they had to be sent of to the DVLA. Also, I asked the optician if my results were within the limits. She said that the DVLA didn't give them the guidelines for pass or fail. This is totally ridiculous as it is on websites so they are just playing it safe. Thank you for supporting me. I have also been told that there is a mobility driving test that I can take that overrides the sight test? Can you please advise...
Posted : 30 Apr 2018

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