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In the days when I wore contacts I also wondered how the average Mr. Plod could tell. It is possible to detect the presence of contacts in the eye, but I doubt the average policeman knows.
There are two (or sort of 2 1/2 ways). If you look directly into the eyes of someone with contacts, after they blink you can usually see the contacts floating down. Somewhat easier, look at the person in profile and you will see the bulge of the contacts in the eye when it's open. The half-way is that you will probably see that contacts wearers blink more often (to irrigate the eyes), though not all do and there can be other reasons for blinking.
They will ask you if you are wearing contact lenses, they could also ask you to read the police cars no plate
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But if you have an old pair of reading glasses in the car, and you put those on, they have no idea of the correction. And you are wearing glasses ...
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Old 03.09.2020, 10:10
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But if you have an old pair of reading glasses in the car, and you put those on, they have no idea of the correction. And you are wearing glasses ...
As you squint from behind your glasses, contorting your whole face to try and see which officer is speaking I think they might cop on*. Do they not just do the "read my numberplate" thing as a field test?

*Pun very much intended
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Old 03.09.2020, 14:15
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Requirements changed a few years back and itĎs now actually 20/40 in the better eye, as in most of the world. Kinda scary when you start to think about it - and may explain some of the weird situations kids describe on the way to school.
My right eye is 20/20, my left is 20/40. This means I can use a monitor or read most text without reading glasses. But if I close my right eye, distance is blurry. I'm surprised people are permitted to drive with that.

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Would be good - if I had a phone.
You can stick it elsewhere. They're quite small.
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If the cops stop you, btw, the fine is around 100. They might well ask you why, if your licence states you must drive with glass, you are not wearing them.

So good topic. I know someone who got caught like this.
Yes I can confirm that I was fined about Fr.100 when I was caught driving without my glasses. Even worse, you have to go get all those inconvenient things done (eye check, new licence, AND report back to the police station to show that you've done them).

I lasered my eyes 17 years ago. My yearly check up shows that everything is still fine.
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Old 07.09.2020, 17:46
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I was interested to find that Italy requires 20:20 vision. Maybe I'll get some driving glasses anyway.

Funny that it's Italy, given their driving reputation!
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I was interested to find that Italy requires 20:20 vision. Maybe I'll get some driving glasses anyway.

Funny that it's Italy, given their driving reputation!

You need to be able to read the speedo of the car in front of you
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Old 07.09.2020, 17:53
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I was interested to find that Italy requires 20:20 vision. Maybe I'll get some driving glasses anyway.

Funny that it's Italy, given their driving reputation!
Using both eyes, one eye can have 0.2 vision.

Full list of requirements here
https://www.ecoo.info/wp-content/upl...ry-2017....pdf

If both eyes are corrected to 1.00 then older people won't be able to read the speedometer.
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Old 07.09.2020, 18:18
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Re: New eyes? Don't forget to get an eye test

Turned out I've one eye at 0.3. Overall 0.8. So I'd definitely need glasses in Italy. Funny thing is, my brain seems dismiss the weaker eye when I'm looking at distance - everything looks sharp. Similarly at closer distances, the more long-sighted eye just keeps quiet!

Just shows the main organ of sight is the brain!
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Turned out I've one eye at 0.3. Overall 0.8. So I'd definitely need glasses in Italy. Funny thing is, my brain seems dismiss the weaker eye when I'm looking at distance - everything looks sharp. Similarly at closer distances, the more long-sighted eye just keeps quiet!

Just shows the main organ of sight is the brain!
Plenty of people in there 50's / 60's actually make one eye less good so they can function without glasses 100% of the time. 0.3 should be perfect for reading for many years.
I find if I do wear glasses the extra glass if they are not 100% clean, or with headlights at night it's better with no glass, so I have a pair with only 1 lens in. The good eye is just below 100%, I can read most of the letters but not all on the line & the other eye is 80%. In bright sunlight it makes zero difference as the iris is stopped down.
Funny story, when I went to the optician in ZH for the sight test I did not speak German, I was able to score 100% in both eyes just by squeezing my eyeballs during the test whilst I was trying to explain what I could see!
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Re: New eyes? Don't forget to get an eye test

When she said that I should close my right eye, and it was a bit blurred, I was tempted to have a peek with my left eye... but then decided, if I need glasses to keep other's safe, I should do that.
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Not reading glasses, but having my cataracts done I'm now long sighted, having been short sighted for most of my life. Had to find a pair of old glasses I could use for close up work on the PC; it was that or blow the display up to 175% to be able to read anything. Luckily I had a pair that does the job perfectly for the left eye, but when I go out I have to remember to take the glasses with me and also a pair of sunglasses if it's sunny and bright. Otherwise if I'm shopping I can't read the labels on anything.
There are multifocal lenses these days that should give you distance at all visions and your surgeon should discuss with you what you desire best near or distance Vision etc if your not willing to pay for a premium lens or it’s not recommended for you based on some clinical issues.

Some of the multifocal lenses can have drop off points between near middle long distance and Extended Depth of Focus(EDOF) Lenses are becoming popular to avoid these drop off points in some cases or better for patients who clinically is not suitable for a multifocal lens.

It’s all about doing your research and finding a good surgeon, that’s the key element.

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Re: New eyes? Don't forget to get an eye test

I discussed multifocal lenses with my surgeon. They have drawbacks, especially with flares and suchlike at night. What really matters is what you want out of the operation. I didn't want to have to put with visual artifacts, I did want to be able to drive without glasses. In the end, we decided on 0.0 in the right eye and -1.0 in the left. In this way i can work at a computer without glasses, and I can read. It's more comfortable with my reading glasses, but I don't very often actually need them.

The lens in the left eye cost me about 250CHF extra for measures that reduce artifacts; the one in the right is toric, as I had bad astigmatism.

I'm enormously happy with the results. If you want to know what cataracts is like - look through a dirty window, then compare the view with the window open. Brighter colours, sharper definition. Wonderful!
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Re: New eyes? Don't forget to get an eye test

Probably a stupid question, but hey, that never stopped me:

I will still need specs after I have the cataracts removed - they'll just be different specs from what I wear now to drive.

So then I won't need a new eye test for the license, will I?
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I discussed multifocal lenses with my surgeon. They have drawbacks, especially with flares and suchlike at night. What really matters is what you want out of the operation. I didn't want to have to put with visual artifacts, I did want to be able to drive without glasses. In the end, we decided on 0.0 in the right eye and -1.0 in the left. In this way i can work at a computer without glasses, and I can read. It's more comfortable with my reading glasses, but I don't very often actually need them.

The lens in the left eye cost me about 250CHF extra for measures that reduce artifacts; the one in the right is toric, as I had bad astigmatism.

I'm enormously happy with the results. If you want to know what cataracts is like - look through a dirty window, then compare the view with the window open. Brighter colours, sharper definition. Wonderful!
Some surgeons are slow to adapt to new technologies due to the cost of equipment that facilitate better outcomes with advanced IOLs and in some cases maybe like yours they donít work due the anatomy of the eye or other conditions.

The first thing a surgeon should do is discuss your professional and social activities if your an indoor or outdoor creature as this is critical particularly if itís a monofocal lens. If they donít run a mile.

The operation is simple and as you say life changing effect on ones quality of life.
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Probably a stupid question, but hey, that never stopped me:

I will still need specs after I have the cataracts removed - they'll just be different specs from what I wear now to drive.

So then I won't need a new eye test for the license, will I?
No, the endorsement on your licence only says "needs to wear glasses" or something similar, but says nothing about the correction values. Hence the remark in a couple of posts about just having a pair of reading glasses sitting in the car in case you get checked. Personally I don't really believe in cheating the system, which is why I went through the process of getting the endorsement removed.
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Re: New eyes? Don't forget to get an eye test

Sorry for this somewhat stupid question.

I recently had my eyes checked (I get them tested every 2 years) and the optician gave me glasses to wear only if I feel any discomfort. Correction of 0.25 in my right eye. So I do wear glasses sometimes when I drive.

Does this need to be informed to the authorities and get an endorsement in my licence that I wear glasses "sometimes"??

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Sorry for this somewhat stupid question.

I recently had my eyes checked (I get them tested every 2 years) and the optician gave me glasses to wear only if I feel any discomfort. Correction of 0.25 in my right eye. So I do wear glasses sometimes when I drive.

Does this need to be informed to the authorities and get an endorsement in my licence that I wear glasses "sometimes"??

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No. Doesn't need reporting. -0.25 is only 20:25 (80%), which is well within limits.

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I discussed multifocal lenses with my surgeon. They have drawbacks, especially with flares and suchlike at night. What really matters is what you want out of the operation...
100% agree. Multifocal correction can work for some. I have friends who've had it done and love it. I was getting to the age where I'd need bifocal glasses (expensive!), so my doctor said I could choose to correct both eyes the same or one for near and one for distance.

We did a trial with contacts to simulate what it would be like to have one eye better at near and the other better at distance. My brain did not adapt at all. I had to stop and go home after half a day at work because it made me so ill.

The doctor said that most people's brains adapt pretty well, but some brains can't handle it. He always suggests trying contacts first to be sure whether what you want will actually work for you.

He corrected both of my eyes the same. Because of that I'll eventually need reading glasses, but he said it would probably be 5-10 years down the road. I'm good with that!
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