Low Vision or Bioptic Driving
Our Therapists CDRS experience and training, and their knowledge of medical and visual conditions is essential in helping you determine your potential for safe driving.
According to ADED, The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, the role of vision in the operation of a motor vehicle is critical. It is estimated that 95% of the information the driver receives is visual. Visual function important to driver performance includes acuity, field of view or peripheral vision, contrast sensitivity, glare recovery, scanning, tracking, and visual perceptual skills. Many disabilities may have an impact on visual function. These areas of function may be affected by neurological or physical disabilities/changes. A driver rehabilitation specialist working within the guidelines of individual state vision requirements, set forth by the department of motor vehicle licensure requirements, may be able to help a driver compensate for these changes. A vision specialist may be consulted to verify visual function, recommend medical intervention or vision therapy, or prescribe bioptic or prism lenses to assist with compensation.
According to ADED, the warning signs to look for:
- Poor glare recovery
- Inability to detect traffic light colors
- Change in depth perception
- Inability to read signs at a distance
- Collisions/near misses
- Difficulty driving at night
- Problems with vision in inclement weather
The evaluation will include:
- A clinical assessment that will test vision, perception, functional ability and reaction time.
- The next step will be a behind-the-wheel evaluation in our vehicle.
To get started we need a referral from a physician that knows the person’s medical status so that we can obtain necessary information for the assessment and to complete paperwork for the DMV. This can be faxed to us at (970)493-8016.
ADED – The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists 2015. “Driving and Vision.” Fact Sheet. Web. <www.aded.net/resource/resmgr/Fact_Sheets/ADED_FactSheets_Vision.pdf>