Although I currently have no confirmed diagnosis in any respect, all of the professionals that I have seen to date confirm verbally that I have a problem with my eyesight.
For no apparent reason, I awoke one morning in June and noticed that my eyesight keeps ‘tuning out’. Firstly, I get blurred vision which progresses to double vision until I am able to re-focus. No one seems able to explain the sudden onset of this problem or seems to know whether this is a temporary or permanent issue.
I have seen my opthamologist twice, who explains that my eyes are not working together correctly due either to a nerve or muscular defect. She called the problem ‘convergence insufficiency’ from what I recall. Standard glasses to correct short-sightedness (to be worn permanently) have been prescribed. In addition, exercises are advised for the ‘convergence insufficiency’ with review due at Christmas. Despite all - the problem remains and the exercises make my eyes hurt.
My GP refers to the condition as ‘Diplopia’ and is in liaison with a neurologist on this.
I am currently in a bit of a pickle as to what I should / should not be doing in relation to driving.
I have been signed off of work for the past five weeks due to various issues. My job as an ‘on-call’ I.T. Field Service Engineer involves driving up to 300 miles per day, hence you will no-doubt understand the concerns I have ref. the impact this vision problem may have.
Does anyone have any experience in this area? Am I right in assuming that I am fit to drive provided I feel able to do so and until told not to do so by my GP / Opthamologist / Neurologist?
Forgive me if this seems a silly question. I have no previous experience of this condition or the limitations / implications that it can bring with it…