Bad eyesight and nursing

  1. Hello all,

    I am a graduate nurse who will be starting work in an ER in 2 weeks. I just had my work physical and got a call from HR re: my eyesight. HR asked if I had any problems/limitations. HR wanted to figure out if my vision problem can be "accomodated for" or not.

    I have congenital high myopia in my left eye which is not correctable. Vision in the right eye is 20/20 with correction. I haven't had any problems working as a CNA or in nursing school (I have given injections, meds, hooked up IVs, etc.). No one (instructors, etc.) noticed any problems I haven't caused any harm to patients (wrong med because I couldn't read, for example) I have a limitation on my driver's license (outside mirrors) but that's it. I don't think I'm clumsier than anyone else but I'm not particularly mechanically inclined either

    Does anyone forsee any problems for me in clinical nursing because of my eyesight? Most things are close work and I do have some depth perception. I think HR was concerned about IV starts.

    Thank you so much....yet another thing to worry about as a new grad.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Katnip
    I honestly don't know. If you haven't had problems in the past, I'd think you wouldn't now.

    I did work for a year or so with monovision-using one contact so I didn't wear bifocals. I don't know if that's a similar issue or not, but I had no problems with sticking people.
  4. by   rehab nurse
    i agree that you would know of a problem by now, especially having made it through nursing school. did you start any iv's yet or just hooked up to existing one's? hmmm. i never knew of anyone with bad eyesight not being able to work as a nurse. i myself have horrible eyesight and i did have remolding of my corneas about a year ago due to an incompetent eye doc. i did miss some work until i adjusted. i had new scripts for glasses every week. that cost a lot of $$$.
    but i would think if you could have the depth perception to drive and all, you'd have no problem working as a nurse. i wish the best for you! let us know what happens, ok?
  5. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from EDGRADNURSE
    Hello all,


    Does anyone forsee any problems for me in clinical nursing because of my eyesight? Most things are close work and I do have some depth perception. I think HR was concerned about IV starts.

    Thank you so much....yet another thing to worry about as a new grad.
    Congrats on getting your job! During my senior preceptorship I was having problems with my eyes due to a temporary vision change secondary to DKA. I had the most problems drawing up morphine in those skinny vials. It was much easier if I could bubble some air into the vial prior to drawing it up to see where the fluid ended. You might want to give that a try. :spin:

    I don't think you will have a problem with IV starts as long as you can visualize the bevel of the needle. Infusion pumps should be no problem either.
  6. by   EDGRADNURSE
    Thank you both so much for your replies. They are much appreciated. To tell you the truth, I never thought of my eyesight until HR called and then I panicked and am very worried now about working in the ED (just because of those IVs--they don't let us start them in school). Now I'll probably screw up because I'm obsessed with my bad eye!

    I will let you know how it goes. Thanks!

    ps-thank you ALL for your replies
  7. by   Katnip
    Doing the IV thing takes practice when you start anyway. If you can do other things like drawing meds you should be fine.

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