Can I Drive If I Have Low Vision?

If you have low vision, it’s only natural if you find yourself wondering whether you’re allowed to drive. The answer to that question can be complicated, so if you have low vision and would like to continue driving, it’s important to work with your eye doctor in Asheville, Charlotte and Wilmington, NC. Here’s what you need to know about driving with low vision.

Every State is Different

Every state has different requirements for obtaining a driver’s license. If you’re trying to get a driver’s license with low vision in North Carolina, the state does place minimum requirements on visual acuity for drivers. The requirements include a minimum of “20/200 visual acuity in one or both eyes through conventional eyeglass lenses (if needed) and at least 20/70 visual acuity in one or both eyes through a bioptic telescope.”

These requirements can change with law and rule changes, so it’s important to stay up to date with the North Carolina DMV. If you have questions about your ability to drive, contact the DMV directly. If you live in another state, you’ll need to contact your state’s DMV to find out whether you meet the requirements to get a driver’s license where you live.

If You Drive, Drive Responsibly

Even if you meet the minimum requirements to drive, it’s also important to know your own limitations and to drive responsibly. Work with your eye doctor to get the best care for your eyes and to ensure that you’re able to see as much as you can when you’re out in the world. Start by getting a low vision exam in Asheville, Charlotte and Wilmington, NC. To schedule your appointment, contact Dr. Edward Paul, OD, PhD.