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Bioptic Driving Assessment (Arizona Only)

What is a Bioptic Driving Assessment?

For those individuals who use a Bioptic Telescopic Lens for driving.

Prior to early 2006, the State of Arizona did not permit the use of a Bioptic Telescopic Lens System (BTLS), or Bioptic, to be used while driving. The change in state law allowed individuals previously not independent in their community mobility the opportunity to drive and improve their quality of life. The ability to drive gives people access to better jobs, choice of location for a home and full participation in childrens’ activities and family events.

Driving To Independence is the only adaptive driving school in Arizona performing bioptic driving assessments and training. Our program works closely with optometrists prescribing the BTLS and the initial training in the use of this device. It is ideal for individuals to be trained in the use of the BTLS by a qualified Occupational Therapist or Low vision specialist. This initial training allows the potential driver to be comfortable with the device while stationary and walking prior to use as a passenger and/or driver at these higher driving speeds.

Driving To Independence is able to provide referrals and information regarding optometrists and Occupational Therapists specializing in this area by calling our office.

Requirements for a Bioptic Driving Assessment

Prior to this assessment you will need the following:

  • A valid driver’s license or learner’s permit is required for participation in an Adaptive Driving evaluation all in vehicle assessments and training.
  • A list of your current medications will also be helpful in completing paperwork.
  • A Vision Examination Report from your doctor indicating current visual acuity and visual fields.
  • Complete follow thru of pre-driver training per recommendations of your low vision specialist.
  • Daily use of the Bioptic lens system during everyday tasks.  This is important even if you anticipate use of the Bioptics only for driving in the future.  Using the bioptics as a passenger in a motor vehicle is recommended.

Payment or Authorization requirements

If you plan to have a third party pay for this assessment, authorization must be received in our office prior to scheduling the appointment.  Third party payers often include Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living Rehab Services, Veterans Administration, Workman’s Compensation and Family Trusts and others. Please contact us with any questions regarding other options.

If you are paying privately for your assessment a deposit will be required to be in our office one week prior to the date of your assessment.  This deposit ensures your attendance to the appointment held for you.  If you are unable to keep the appointment we appreciate knowing as soon as possible so others can be scheduled. 

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