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You have to have pretty bad vision to fail the test.

I thought my eyes were bad and I would surely fail without my glasses/contacts but I passed just fine.
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pintobean wrote:
Aug 27th, 2007 12:06 pm
I don't have any real advice here...but I do have a story which may amuse you.

I have a problem with my right eye where it just doesn't focus. My vision in that eye is so bad that if I close my left eye right now and look at my computer monitor, I literally cannot make out the characters on my screen - everything is just a blur of black and grey on a white background. The good thing is that the vision in my left eye is so clear that it is actually better than 20/20. So basically my good left eye totally compensates for my bad right eye. I have been to all sorts of specialists and eye doctors (I even went to Sunnybrook and met with one of the best eye doctors in Ontario) and they all agree on two things...first they say that there is nothing anyone can do to fix my bad eye, and second they say that there is no need for me to wear glasses right now.

So anyways, two years ago I had to renew my licence, and I had to do an eye test. I went to the Aurora testing centre and sure enough, I had absolutely no trouble with my left eye, but when we got to the right eye, I was totally lost. The lady at the counter frowned, and then asked me whether I normally wore glasses. I told her no, and then proceeded to tell her my story - as posted above. She was totally sympathetic and then told me to try again. So I looked into the black eye machine and my test went something like this:

[INDENT][INDENT]What letter do you see?[/INDENT]o?
[INDENT]Try again.[/INDENT]d?
[INDENT]Nope. Try again.[/INDENT]e?
[INDENT]Try again.[/INDENT]a?
[INDENT]Nope.[/INDENT]p?
[INDENT]Nope. Does that look like a "c" to you?[/INDENT]c?
[INDENT]Yes! Very good! You passed. Next time make sure to get your eyes checked before this test and if your doctor says that you don't need glasses, then ask him to give you a letter that says so.[/INDENT]
Ok thanks![/INDENT]


So anyways, I was lucky, as I'm sure the lady could have been a jerk if she wanted to (although I'm not sure what the Ministry would do if I had a doctor's note saying that I didn't need glasses but I still failed their eye test). If you find out, It'd be nice if you posted to let us know.

And for those people on this board who are gonna flame me and say that I shouldn't be on the road, I'll have you know that I've been driving for more than 10 years and have never had a problem with my eyes while on the road. I can see the signs and other drivers perfectly well, and if something was to happen to my good eye, I would be responsible enough to stay off the road - so don't worry.
I've been driving for over 10 years too and don't think they did the left and right eye test separately for me otherwise I would have failed. I can't make out anything with my left eye, it's borderline blind and I had surgery on it 20 years ago before laser eye surgery was invented.
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pintobean wrote:
Aug 27th, 2007 12:06 pm
I don't have any real advice here...but I do have a story which may amuse you.

I have a problem with my right eye where it just doesn't focus. My vision in that eye is so bad that if I close my left eye right now and look at my computer monitor, I literally cannot make out the characters on my screen - everything is just a blur of black and grey on a white background. The good thing is that the vision in my left eye is so clear that it is actually better than 20/20. So basically my good left eye totally compensates for my bad right eye. I have been to all sorts of specialists and eye doctors (I even went to Sunnybrook and met with one of the best eye doctors in Ontario) and they all agree on two things...first they say that there is nothing anyone can do to fix my bad eye, and second they say that there is no need for me to wear glasses right now.
Pintobean, that's the case with my eyes too. I am totally fine with my right eye, no need of glasses nothing for any tasks. But i have a very poor vision with the left eye. I cant read a book or normal-sized texts in a computer screen with the left eye alone. The eye doctors say, the glasses is of use. The condition is actually termed anisometropic amblyopia.

I want to apply for the ontario driving license, so i m a bit concerned whether i will pass the vision test. Now that I see some related posting I am bit hopeful.

At what stage in the licensing process, do they take the vision test. Will they refund the money, in case someone fails?
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pintobean wrote:
Aug 30th, 2007 12:47 pm
Yeah they don't do the eye tests every renewal...I think it's something like every 10 years.
You will only need to pass a vision test if you class G driver's licence has been expired for more than one year. Maintain your class G licence (and not apply for any other class) and you won't have to take another eye test until your are 80 years old.

Paying the licensing fee for a class G licence that has been expired/invalid for less than one year is considered a renewal. Paying the licensing fee for a class G licence that has been expired/invalid for over one year but less than three years is actually reapplying for an original licence and a vision test is required. For over three, it is still reapplying for an original licence but road and knowledge testing is also involved.
Robin12 wrote:
Apr 16th, 2010 11:49 am
Pintobean, that's the case with my eyes too. I am totally fine with my right eye, no need of glasses nothing for any tasks. But i have a very poor vision with the left eye. I cant read a book or normal-sized texts in a computer screen with the left eye alone. The eye doctors say, the glasses is of use. The condition is actually termed anisometropic amblyopia.

I want to apply for the ontario driving license, so i m a bit concerned whether i will pass the vision test. Now that I see some related posting I am bit hopeful.

At what stage in the licensing process, do they take the vision test. Will they refund the money, in case someone fails?
The vision in your bad eye (left eye) can be no worse than 20/50. The vision test is before they take your money. If you don't pass the vision test they return you ID to you and hand you a form that you need to take to your eye doctor.
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pintobean wrote:
Aug 30th, 2007 12:47 pm
Yeah they don't do the eye tests every renewal...I think it's something like every 10 years.
I have been licensed for 19 years, and never had another vision check.
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Yes, I was wrong when I said 10 years... The poster above you posted the correct current information.

Having said that, I seem to recall that there is usually a push every few years to change the licensing rules for older people and make them pass an eye and knowledge test more often once they hit a certain age (probably 65), so I guess it's only a matter of time before this suggestion is approved...
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65 years of age for anyone holding a class A, B, C, E or F licence.

80 years of age for anyone hold a class D, G or M licence.
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Mar 13, 2010
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the eye test is the easy part. you need to have seriously poor vision to fail.

the actual written test is more of a concern. i think too many people take it too lightly and end up failing (i remember seeing 2 people fail in front of me when i did mine).
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evolution921 wrote:
Aug 27th, 2007 11:36 am
You can try it first, if you don't pass, you won't have to pay anything anyways. I remember I failed the vision test twice. Then I went to optometrist, they confirmed that I have 20/20 vision and told me some people have problem with the machines at MTO. When I went back, I tried one more time there just for jokes, still failed. So I just gave them my doc note and got my G1 test. Yet, I know people who required glasses did the vision test without glasses and still passed. Go figure.
I hope thats the case. I've always had decent vision. Probably 20/25 or 20/30. Went to try to get my M1 license sorted out today. I thought I had one from last year that would be valid from the Drivetest strike, drove back and forth between an MTO office and a Drivetest center three times. The Drivetest lady told me my M1 was valid, but she couldn't reprint one, but I could just use my G license card. Went back to the MTO and they reprinted it, and it said 2008 on the license. So Drivetests mistake could have cost me a large fine + demerit points for not having my M1.

By then I'm getting frustrated. Said I'd just take the test again. Fail the vision test (could hardly get my face comfortable across the viewing panel. According to the MTO I have 20/85 vision, but I still have 175 in peripheral viewing or whatever the other test is. Now I have to wait till the end of June for an appointment with my eye doctor so that I can get the form filled out and get my M1 again.
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so I passed both vision tests for my M and G license despite telling them I can't see out of my one eye.

Now I'm going for the A license and it seems stricter. no worst than 20/30 in one eye and no worst than 20/100 in bad eye. Anyone know a doctor that can be easily bribed? :lol:
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Do you know if they can see your eyes during the test itself? Can they tell if you're squinting? If you say you don't need corrective vision and you have contacts in, will they ever know whatsoever?
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Nov 2, 2010
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Funny... I too have 'Amblyopia' (sometimes referred to as lazy eye, which is incorrect...) I was just going in to exchange my UK license.... was a bit nervous in case they did the standard cover one eye and look at board - I can barely see the top letter of those eye tests, though my other eye is good... It's been 20 years since I passed my UK license and that you just had to read a license plate.

Anyway, it wasn't one of those kind of tests - You look into a type of binocular (table mounted, large contraption) that displays numbers inside small colored circles... then flashes lights on the left and right side - It was all straightforward and I passed no problem... though not sure how it said I got 85 and 85 on each eye...
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pintobean wrote:
Aug 27th, 2007 12:06 pm
I don't have any real advice here...but I do have a story which may amuse you.

I have a problem with my right eye where it just doesn't focus. My vision in that eye is so bad that if I close my left eye right now and look at my computer monitor, I literally cannot make out the characters on my screen - everything is just a blur of black and grey on a white background. The good thing is that the vision in my left eye is so clear that it is actually better than 20/20. So basically my good left eye totally compensates for my bad right eye. I have been to all sorts of specialists and eye doctors (I even went to Sunnybrook and met with one of the best eye doctors in Ontario) and they all agree on two things...first they say that there is nothing anyone can do to fix my bad eye, and second they say that there is no need for me to wear glasses right now.

So anyways, two years ago I had to renew my licence, and I had to do an eye test. I went to the Aurora testing centre and sure enough, I had absolutely no trouble with my left eye, but when we got to the right eye, I was totally lost. The lady at the counter frowned, and then asked me whether I normally wore glasses. I told her no, and then proceeded to tell her my story - as posted above. She was totally sympathetic and then told me to try again. So I looked into the black eye machine and my test went something like this:

[INDENT][INDENT]What letter do you see?[/INDENT]o?
[INDENT]Try again.[/INDENT]d?
[INDENT]Nope. Try again.[/INDENT]e?
[INDENT]Try again.[/INDENT]a?
[INDENT]Nope.[/INDENT]p?
[INDENT]Nope. Does that look like a "c" to you?[/INDENT]c?
[INDENT]Yes! Very good! You passed. Next time make sure to get your eyes checked before this test and if your doctor says that you don't need glasses, then ask him to give you a letter that says so.[/INDENT]
Ok thanks![/INDENT]


So anyways, I was lucky, as I'm sure the lady could have been a jerk if she wanted to (although I'm not sure what the Ministry would do if I had a doctor's note saying that I didn't need glasses but I still failed their eye test). If you find out, It'd be nice if you posted to let us know.

And for those people on this board who are gonna flame me and say that I shouldn't be on the road, I'll have you know that I've been driving for more than 10 years and have never had a problem with my eyes while on the road. I can see the signs and other drivers perfectly well, and if something was to happen to my good eye, I would be responsible enough to stay off the road - so don't worry.

Hi ,
i have a similar condition too, with the left eye being 'lazy'. my right eye is perfect. The condition is perhaps called 'anisometric amblyopia'. I only discovered this at the age of 12, but havent been able to improve. I would be glad to learn if somebody has got any sort of treatment for this or if any advancement has been made about this eye-condition.

However, I was able to pass the vision test, for the ontario G1. The vision test is done with both eyes open, so not a problem!

Thanks,
Robin
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Jay1234 wrote:
Apr 16th, 2010 10:48 pm
I have been licensed for 19 years, and never had another vision check.

Odd. I had to get my eyes checked when I renewed my license recently, and it was the first time I renewed my license in Canada. I guess I'm older now, as I didn't pass it without my glasses, but with my glasses I'm 20/15. Just had the eyes checked today and the prescription has barely changed (0.25 off of last prescription) in the last 5 years.
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Apr 22nd, 2009 1:29 am
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Jun 10, 2012
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It -125 can pass the vision test? Last yeaR MY EYE WAS -50/-50, I WANTED TO TAKE IT BUT DO I HAVE TO GET NEW GLASSES AGAIN
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