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My mom just had her eye removed; is there therapy that will teach her to drive?

My 63 year old mom tripped, landed on her eye and ruptured the globe. The eye was removed 10 days later and now she is suddenly trapped in her home unless she is able to re-learn how to drive. She lives in central Florida and is recovering well from surgery, but we don't know where to turn. A vision therapist? An occupational therapist? A private driving instructor? The local blind services agency was no help since sh is not 'legally' blind. Any resources or direction you could point us in would be so helpful. My email is shellylandry24@msn.com

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Re:My mom just had her eye removed; is there therapy that will teach her to drive?



Iam 54 yrs old and had my eye removed 2 years ago. I have tried to drive a few times and it wasn't bad as I thought but should be done cautiously until you get use to it. I am interested in any information on putting on makeup, when to tell a date you have a prosthtic eye and just how if there is anyways to strengthen your good eye. Any information will be helpful. I went through major depression after my eye lost due to a vicious attack so I am just coming back to drips and trying to pick up the pieces. I want to go back work soon and I need all the types that I can get. Through the grace of God I am doing fine just ready to move on.


Re:My mom just had her eye removed; is there therapy that will teach her to drive?



I forgot...she should also leave a little extra space than what she thinks she'll need between cars and when stopping. Depth perception is indeed off and it doesn't hurt to leave space that appears extra when in fact it might be just enough. Good luck!


Re:My mom just had her eye removed; is there therapy that will teach her to drive?



Hi there,

I'm 25 years old and had one of my eyes removed when I was 14 due to a traumatic field hockey injury. I got my license when I was 16 in the U.S. and have had no difficulties with driving or renewing my license. The only requirement for my state is that I have to have an outside mirror on my driver's side door--the same as every other vehicle is required in my state. Because I only evern drove seeing through one eye, I can't offer any advice about what may be different for your mother, but once her brain adjusts to only having vision in one eye she should be able to resume her driving activities as usual. I do have a harder time with visuals when it's rained and is dark out and there's a glare on the pavement from lights, or when it's snowed and the lines in the road aren't visible, but I imagine most people do. I've never had any accident due to my singular vision. Oh yes, she'll need to turn her head more when changing lanes or turning. Use the mirrors and double check a lot. Best of luck to your mother, and feel free to write to me with any questions if you'd like.

Sarah
sarasota84@aol.com


Re:My mom just had her eye removed; is there therapy that will teach her to drive?



my neighbor had her eye removed. I sent her your email. she drives and is about the same age as your mom.


Re:My mom just had her eye removed; is there therapy that will teach her to drive?



Are there any other issues with her remaining eye?

I'm not familiar with Florida driving laws, but doesn't a single eye have enough peripheral vision to still be able to drive? she may have some issues with depth perception and distance estimation, but she can learn how to do it again. Call your branch of the DMV to get info on what her new requirements would be.


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