Last reply 4 weeks ago
Optic Neuritis and Driving


I had my first relapse in June and was diagnosed following an episode of optic neuritis. Some steroids and everything cleared up, I thought my eyesight was grand. Today I had my DVLA eyesight check as a result of informing them and I’m shocked to find out my field of vision is impaired. I can see fine but the optician doesn’t know if I’ll keep my license! I can honestly see fine and read the charts but I get white flashes when I move my eye and the test gets you to press a button when you see a white flash. I’m so scared as losing my license will have a hugely detrimental effect on my life. I live rurally with two kids. I don’t know what I want from posting this but I’m just so scared and feel so healthy and normal and I think I’ve just realised how serious this diagnosis is. Has anyone had similar?

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4 weeks ago

Hi @rachelteasdale , these events are hugely unsettling and worrisome.

But, that’s the last thing you should be doing. Stress is a major antagonist of MS, so is best avoided.

You need to just sit, down and catch your breath. Optic Neuritis can take a few months to clear up, so it’s best if you just chill out and let your body do what it’s trying to do – recover.

Good luck with the eye test.

4 weeks ago

Hello @rachelteasdale, yes, you are very recently diagnosed. When I had recovered from my first relapse 2 years ago, ie, I felt better, I know now that it took me quite a while to recover fully. So hang on in there, there’s every chance you may recover further, and that another test further down will yield better results. All the best x

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