BIOPTIC & LOW VISION DRIVER TRAINING PROGRAM
If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration or another vision issue requiring you to wear bioptic telescopic lenses, the Georgia Department of Driver Services will require you to complete a driver education program in order to obtain and/or retain your driving privileges.
Georgia’s mandated certification program involves successfully completing thirty hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of six hours of in-car training. Although most experienced drivers can readily adjust their driving habits with just the six hours of in-car training, new drivers will generally need additional hours to safely operate a motor vehicle while wearing bioptics.
We have twenty years of experience working with low vision drivers, and are eager to help you with your driving needs. To register for the Bioptic training program, click the button below.
Some of the special issues that will be covered in the class include:
· Loss of depth perception in night time driving
· Glare recovery time
· Speed smear and reduced visibility during high speed driving
· How to correctly navigate the road and traffic in times of bad weather
Our patient and understanding instructors are well trained and experienced in helping individuals learn to drive or adjust their driving habits to meet the unique challenges that they face when driving with bioptics.
During the in-car sessions, the instructor will observe your physical skills, decision-making skills, and social skills to determine whether or not you are capable of safely operating a motor vehicle while using bioptic lenses. You will also learn the best techniques to use to be a safe driver while using the bioptics.
Within two business days of the successful completion of the thirty hours of classroom as well as the in-car training, your instructor will prepare a Certificate of Completion, and a signed Certification Checklist (which should be provided to you by the DDS). These items will be mailed to the Medical Review Board of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. A copy of all three items will also be mailed to you and your ophthalmologist.
Both in person and virtual remote learning options available. Behind-the-wheel lessons and road tests are by appointment only and are scheduled on a first come first serve basis.
Once you purchase online, you will need to call 770-454-9100 to schedule your classes.
Classes that last 5 days are scheduled from 9AM - 3:30 PM Weekdays
Classes that are 4 days are scheduled from 9AM - 5 PM Weekdays / Weekends
Schedules are for classroom time only. We are in person and virtual remote learning options available.
Behind the wheel lessons and road tests are by appointment only and are scheduled on a first come first serve basis.
Most of your questions can be answered by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions section.