Closest thing I get to driving

So, in September, last year, I decided to take up horse riding, again. I used to ride when I was about 8 but then I got ‘too cool’ for it. Now, it’s something I look forward to every week, and it’s the perfect hobby.

My riding teacher is always asking me if I drive and referring to riding being similar to driving. I always forget to look in the direction I am going to go – because I’ve never had to experience anything like this! When I’m walking I just look straight in front of me… you dont have to look around the corner before you turn it! It’s a totally new concept for me and I’m beginning to get to grips with it.

I’ve already progressed so much since starting in September and feel like I really do have a hobby I love and will carry on with. I’ve always loved animals and anything to do with them. Unfortunately, I chose not to pursue this interest as a career when I was at school due to a lot of animal based jobs being at remote locations where I, as a non-driver, would struggle to get to. But I won’t let that stop me from having a good time every weekend.

This week I’m mixing my riding hobby with my photography hobby and taking some pictures at the riding schools event. I’ve been looking forward to it all week – can’t wait!

I guess all I’m trying to say is that you should definitely try and pursue anything you want to do. Even if you can’t do it professionally because of Nystagmus (or any condition), you should do what you love, even if it’s less than you’d like!

Luckily, I have a brilliant boyfriend who understands and takes me to lessons at the weekend. Thank you Cam! 💑
Also big thanks to Harry, the horsey, for putting up with me learning, and being such a good boy. He’s my favourite at the stables. 🙊

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Leah xx

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Nystagmus and Driving

Exactly how I feel 🚗

The Shifty Eyes Blog

This may be one of the most sensitive topics for people with nystagmus. As you can imagine, anything that affects your vision may affect your ability to operate a vehicle. Let’s talk about driving and nystagmus in general, and then I’ll tell you a little more about my experiences.

Can people with Nystagmus drive?

It depends on three things:

  1. How extreme the nystagmus is. It may be that a shifty eyed person needs to get a note from their optometrist/ophthalmologist saying that it is safe for them to drive.
  2. General vision. Many times nystagmus is accompanied by low vision. A person with nystagmus will need to take the same eye exam at the DMV as any other person would do. This test can be taken with glasses on, but that will mean that the driver would need to wear the glasses at all times while driving.
  3. Where the person lives…

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