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Vision aid for one eye blind car driver

01/08/2002

Question:

Dear Health Experts,

My mother is left eye blind. She would like to learn car driving. Could you please suggest any specific aids or car equipment designed for one eye blind drivers.

Any info on the subject, tips or links would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much.

Answer:

In Ohio, it is possible for people with only one good eye to get a driver`s license; but the good eye must have corrected vision of 20/40 or better (for unrestricted driving) or 20/70 or better (for daytime only driving). She must also be able to pass the peripheral (side) vision test at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Since her left eye is the poorer one, then changing lanes would be very hazardous for her. She may need an oversized rear-view mirror. If her right eye was the poorer one, she could have difficulty seeing walkers, parked cars, and finding street signs. These patients need to learn to turn their heads more than normally-sighted people would need to do.

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Response by:

Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University