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Posted By: rmmack
Total Posts: 221
Joined Date: 5 Jun 2014

Hi Kimla10

 

I have often had dry itchy eyes after drops - I think it's mostly due to the preservative benzalkonium chloride (BAK).  You can get individual doses without preservative, which I am on, but I still get the problem now and then.... 45 yrs of drops!  Cleaning with eye makeup remover pads, any kind, is useful if you have any deposits, but I find the best is Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion by Liz Earle - it's herbal.  You can get it online, but get a small bottle first to see if you like it...  It can also be used on pads over your eyes for 10 mins to refresh, and that certainly takes the heat away when eyes are irritated, at least for me.

 

Good advice from Sunset for anti-glare.  The ultimate answer is to get a tall car, when it's time to change - as tho there weren't enough other factors to consider!  I was startled how much easier it was to drive a pickup in the dark, in pouring rain, on busy roads I didn't know, as I was above the glare.  As a rule of thumb, a car you get down from instead of climbing up out of will be easier.  Otherwise, try to focus on the pavement edge of your side of the road so you aren't looking directly into the lights.  As to a film on the screen, would the likes of Autoglass be able to advise you there?  If/when you find a good answer, be sure to post it on here!  Good luck!

Posted : 23 Nov 2014
Posted By: Sunset
Total Posts: 59
Joined Date: 4 Jan 2013

Hi Kimla10, do you wear prescription glasses?  If so, places like Specsavers do a special lens coating called UltraClear, which reduces glare from car headlights.  See this link for details: http://www.specsavers.co.uk/glasses/lens-options

 

If you don't wear prescription glasses, then go on to Amazon and type in a search for "anti-glare driving glasses".  The search results will display various driving glasses with yellow-coloured lenses.  Read some of the customer reviews to help decide which pair would suit you.

 

Good luck, Sunset

Posted : 21 Nov 2014
Posted By: Kimla10
Total Posts: 1
Joined Date: 21 Nov 2014
Hello, i am new to this site :)) i take Cosopt and Xalatan drops. i have 2 queries. The skin around eye is dry and itchy around right eye and no one can shed light on this. The right eye is the Cosopt eye.... 2nd question - I have complained to Dept of Transport because i cannot deal with these bright headlights(halogen)! i end up flashing idiots back because they are hindering me seeing my side of the road. i just wondered if it was just me or is it the eye drops? i do know that i will need some sort of film on my car windows, any suggestions? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx kim
Posted : 21 Nov 2014
Posted By: robin
Total Posts: 3
Joined Date: 27 Oct 2004
Has anyone experience in challenging the DVLA decision, even when appeal is supported by both Doctor and Consultant? Any advice on the best that can be achieved when taking a test Does time eyedrops were used have any effect My test was almost identical to that on wgich by last Licence was granted Any advice Colliesrus
Posted : 27 Oct 2004
Posted By: barbara
Total Posts: 22
Joined Date: 27 Oct 2004
Hi Colliesrus. Sorry to hear that the DVLA are been so uncooperative, it does sound so unfair when you say that the field test looked better than one that had allowed you a licence. The places they tend to concentrate on are the very centre on the field( think you're only allowed a small number of misses) and the width of field that you can see( measured in an angle). I cannot remember all the details of what is allowed, but if you search the DVLA site it should be there. So it might be that you have not passed these criteria, but they should give you an explaination on your results and if they haven't you can request one. You could try writing to the medical adviser at the DVLA and explain your situaion, maybe you were unwell or over stressed when you did the test. All I know is when you are doing the test you have to try and remain alert and calm, this can be effected if you did not sleep well the night before or when you last had a drink of tea/coffee( or something containing cafine). If you need a beak during the test, for any reason, this can be done by holding down the button and then you can move safely. You might already be aware of all this. If you follow this link to the IGA new there is an article on fields and also so of the questions, page 33 onwards, cover field tests- www.glaucoma-association.com/media/documents/acrobat/iga_news_spring_07_final.pdf I do have some experience of this because earlier this year my mum failed her test and with the help of these articles, some phone calls and also contacting sight line , the IGA help line- 0870 609 1870 she was eventualy allowed to resit the test and did get her licence back. It does seem such a difficult test to reproduce the same results from and so much can be lost by it. You might want to talk this over with your optician/ consultant for their opinion before you go ahead with anything. There is the option of apealing the results in court, if your experts think it is worth it, don't know what that could cost. Hope some of this might have been of some use. Wishing you lots of luck in your endevour, I hope that they will let you resit the test, at least that would be a starting point. Best wishes optimist.
Posted : 27 Oct 2004

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