in YOUR state
Above: 3.0 x DVI Galilean monocular
Driving at speed, especially on
uneven road surfaces can seriously diminish your
vision. Speed kills. Kill you speed and comply
with any driving restrictions.
Seen our Press Release?
here (74.7 Kb) Apr 29, 2002
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of past and current BiOptic drivers.
Drive or Not To Drive (article) by Lori L. Grover, O.D., F.A.A.O., and
Terra J. Barnes, O.D., F.A.A.O. Also see
AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENT by Dr Lori Grover. MS Word doc (28 Kb)
Highway Traffic Safety Admin. - NHTSA
- helpful for daylight-only drivers or those who don't like to drive in
of Blindness and Low Vision.
Other sources of information
Driving is a personal story of a BiOptic driver, and is devoted to the dissemination of information about low
vision driving with the use of a BiOptic; also has mentors in several
states to assist individuals.
movie on BiOptic driving
To see a MS PowerPoint presentation given
by Dr. Dennis Kelleher on factors concerning driving with BiOptics,
here. (60 Kb) Also see
About driving with Bioptics
and A presentation,
driving with BiOptics.
teen driving website center for parents and future teen drivers
needing solutions, instruction, statistics and education on everything
about safe teen
NOAH Webboard Archive Between 2/97 and 2/02
NOAH had a well used webboard concerning low vision driving. It's
Print Reviews Reviews of large
print and audio books and other items
of interest to individuals with low
American Macular Degeneration Foundation
P.O. Box 515 Northampton, MA 01061-0515 Tel:
413-268-7660 1-888-MACULAR (1-888-622-8527). Those concerned
with Macular Degeneration should read this article by
Paul B Freeman O.D. [160 Kb PDF format]
of past and current BiOptic drivers.
For most people, driving is a very important privilege
and a necessary part of maintaining independent living and travel. When
vision is impaired as a result of disease, trauma or congenital condition,
specific visual requirements needed for driving may not be obtained,
resulting in an inability to meet standard requirements for legal driving,
and restriction or loss of driver licensure. Most states across the US
offer the option of driving for people who have less than perfect vision.
Through state BiOptic programs across the country, people of driving age
with visual impairment are afforded the opportunity to obtain and maintain
safe and legal drivers licensure. -
Dr. Lori L Grover O.D., F.A.A.O.
The Division of Motor Vehicles
DMV in most states,
requires that an applicant for a driver's license see 20/40 (6/12) or better with
at least their better eye. Indeed the typical criteria:
- 20/40 (6/12) Visual Acuity with
- Greater than 20/50 -20/200 (6/15 - 6/60) inclusive through the
carrier lens (variable or non-uniform from state to state).
- Minimum 120 degrees horizontal field of view in the
better functioning eye
- Stable Eye Condition
- Ability to Differentiate Color
- Ability to Track Objects
Some State requirements:
Always contact your local BiOptic Driving
Specialist. For contact details in your state,
For details of requirements in
California, Kentucky, New
York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia,
click here. (21
Kb) Data correct
at 2/02. Source: "Driving With Confidence" by Dr Eli Peli, Harvard
2001, 34 US States permit BiOptics for
driving, and BDN research finds that
it's permissible to drive with a
BiOptic device in other states,
proving the driver is properly
licensed in a "permissive" state and
the vehicle has valid tags from that
state. The trend to wider
acceptance continues steadily.
Title II of the
Americans with Disabilities Act states: "No
qualified individual with a disability shall, on
the basis of disability, be excluded from
participation in or be denied the benefits of
the services, programs, or activities of a
public entity, or be subjected to discrimination
by any public entity." For more info
call 1-800-514-0301 or 1-800-514-0383 (TDD) See:
be sent to:
of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Civil
Rights Division - Disability Rights Section New
York Avenue Building, Room 4023 Washington, DC
See a video clip of a BiOptic driver.
This clip is taken from "Hope In Sight: Living
With Macular Degeneration" produced by the New England Research
Institutes in Watertown, MA under NEI grant R43 EY12443. The
driver is a patient of Dr. Peli using a DVI 4.0X expanded field telescope
To see the video clip in mpg format, for Windows Media
here (4.72 Mb). To see it in mov format, for Quick Time 5,
here (4.72 Mb).
Finally, for a portrait of a real life BiOptic driver,
and to read some of her story, click