Bioptic and 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 or retain your driving privileges. The State's mandated program for certification involves the successful completion of 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 the bioptics.

We have twenty years of experience working with low vision drivers, and are eager to take that knowledge into a new direction. To register for the Bioptic training program, click the button below.

Here is a sampling of some of the special issues that will be covered in the class:

# Loss of Depth Perception in Nighttime 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 the bioptic telescopes. He or she will also instruct you on the safest 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 (provided to you by the Department). 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. If you are interested in our Bioptic and Low Vision Driver Training Program, you will not need  to worry about having a learner's permit prior to your in-car lessons. The Georgia Department of Driver Services will not allow you to obtain a permit until you have been certified by a licensed driving school. Once we submit certification to the Department, and your ophthalmologist also submits his or her report to the Department, you will receive a letter from the Department as to the next steps for taking the written and driving tests.  

If you are under 18 years of age, you will have to wait until you have had your permit for at least a year and a day before you can obtain your license due to the Joshua's Law requirements. If you are over 18 years of age, you can usually take the written and driving test the same day.

Appointments for doing so must be made through the Department of Driver Services by calling 678.413.8400. If you have any questions, you can call us at (770) 454-9100 or email us at Info@NathansDrivingSchooI.Net. Nathan himself will personally discuss with you about your specific situation and answer any questions you may have.