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August 1984

Bioptic Telescopic Spectacle: A Hazard for Operating a Motor Vehicle?

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Lawrence, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(8):1119. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040030901001

To the Editor.  —I would like to respond to Dr Fonda's1 article in the December Archives. I agree fully with his thesis that visually handicapped persons who need a driver's license should, when possible, receive a waiver for the impaired vision. This is particularly true for persons with a visual acuity in the range of 20/40 to 20/70. I would suggest that these persons have a road test performed by the local registry office before obtaining the waiver. However, many states at the present time do not allow for such a waiver. The bioptic telescope then becomes not only an aid to driving, but a necessity to pass the driver's test.I have used the following criteria before sending a letter to the Registry of Motor Vehicles suggesting that a person be examined for a driver's license wearing his bioptic glasses: (1) The individual feels comfortable driving with his

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