Suggestion To Get Eye Exam

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Jim M.'s Comment
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Hi all,

Yesterday I went to the DMV to test for and obtain my CDL Permit, which I did in fact get, passed the tests without much ado.

The officer who recorded my eye exam was a little concerned with my inability to correctly recite all of the 15 numbers highlighted on lines three and four. He mentioned that he was allowing me to take the test and marking me down as passing but recommended get my eyes examined soon, as he thinks I may need glasses for driving to account for the distance vision handicap.

My question is thus: Should I take this test right away or wait until after I complete they CDL exams and have a CDL license? I'm pretty sure I know the answer to my own question but would like some feedback from all of you.

Thanks everyone.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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As my wise dad once told me (well more than once), better to be safe than sorry.

So, as you already pointed out, you know the answer. And the answer is...........get your eyes examined. It is better to know and correct it now, than to wait, have an accident, pay the fine, & have to get glasses anyway. Cheaper this way in the long run.

Ernie

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Even though your getting a DOT physical now to get you testing done almost all companies will require you to get another one once you get hired on which the company will pay for as apart of the hiring process.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Even though your getting a DOT physical now to get you testing done almost all companies will require you to get another one once you get hired on which the company will pay for as apart of the hiring process.

That's true. By law a driver has to take a DOT physical anytime they start a new job, even if they have a valid card already. So before long you'll be taking it again. So go ahead and get that eye exam out of the way. Once you get started on the road, time will be scarce. You want to get everything out of the way now while you have the time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Jopa's Comment
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I FAILED the eye exam (20-50 when the minimum is 20-40) and had to get glasses just to pass. With the glasses I could read ALL of the lines like a champ. Might as well bite the bullet and get it done while you have the time. Finding an eye place and getting the glasses (1 hour type service) might be a whole lot more difficult at the school than in your home town. . . . just sayin' (getting old is a b****!)

Jopa

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Kiwi303's Comment
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And I agree too, you're borderline now if the doc is concerned, and that could be a dismissal from a critical orientation doc. Better to have your lenses all ready when you have your employer test than be sent home and have to try again with glasses later.

I failed my NZ test without glasses, but passed with them, Here the docs test both With and Without glasses if you have them. Without I was 6/32 or something, with I am 6/5, That translates as something like 20/100 and 20/18.

Jim M.'s Comment
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Thank you all. I figured as much. No biggie I suppose, I'll get an appointment set up as early as possible, and get it out of the way now.

Pat M.'s Comment
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I don't know how bad your eyes are as the prescription will vary the cost but I went to WalMart and got mine for $88. This included the exam, frames and the lenses. Of course I went with the $9 frames. I don't care how they look as I only need them for distance reading.

Ken C.'s Comment
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Thank you all. I figured as much. No biggie I suppose, I'll get an appointment set up as early as possible, and get it out of the way now.

Click this link and see if you have a americasbest close to you....I went online and set up a 1pm appointment tomorrow because I had some trouble with the eye test I took at the DMV for my Permit. I'd rather get everything taken care of now than take a chance and get sent home from Prime in 2 weeks for bad eyes. The prices looked good and I can get same day service or at least by Friday my glasses will be ready so I can start my journey to Springfield

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Jim M.'s Comment
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Pat,

Thanks I'll check into Walmart. My wife suggested I go to her eye doctor.

Ken,

Thanks for the link, I do have a Walmart nearby I can check out, thanks.

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