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Driving with Macular Degeneration in Arizona: Support from Low Vision of Arizona

night vision driving 640x350Living with macular degeneration can present challenges in various aspects of daily life, including driving. In Arizona, there are specific requirements to be able to drive with limited or low vision. In this blog post, we will discuss the driving regulations in Arizona and how Low Vision of Arizona can help patients fulfill these requirements by providing low vision aids and support.

Driving Requirements in Arizona

To ensure the safety of all road users, Arizona has specific regulations for drivers with visual impairments. When it comes to driving with macular degeneration, the following requirements must be met:

1) Vision Exam: 

Individuals applying for a driver's license will undergo a vision exam. It is important to wear prescription glasses or contact lenses for distance vision during this exam if you require them.

2) Visual Acuity:

To obtain an unrestricted license, your uncorrected vision must be 20/40 or better in at least one eye. If you do not meet this requirement without glasses or contact lenses, you will be issued a license with a "B" restriction, which means you must always wear your glasses or contact lenses while driving.

3) Visual Field Test: 

A visual field test will also be conducted to assess your peripheral vision. This test determines how far you can see to the side while keeping your eyes focused straight ahead.

Support from Low Vision of Arizona

If you have macular degeneration and require low vision aids to meet the driving requirements in Arizona, Low Vision of Arizona can provide valuable assistance. Here's how we can help:

1) Low Vision Assessments: 

Low Vision of Arizona offers comprehensive low vision assessments conducted by experienced professionals. These assessments determine the extent of your visual impairment and identify specific aids or devices that can improve your driving abilities.

2) Low Vision Aids: 

Based on your assessment, Low Vision of Arizona can recommend and provide a range of low vision aids tailored to your needs. These aids may include bioptic telescopes, which can enhance distance vision, or other assistive devices designed to optimize your visual abilities while driving.

3) Training and Rehabilitation: 

Low Vision of Arizona also offers training and rehabilitation programs to help you adapt to driving with low vision. These programs focus on developing compensatory strategies, improving visual scanning techniques, and enhancing overall driving skills. They aim to maximize your safety and confidence on the road.

If you are living with macular degeneration in Arizona and wish to continue driving, it's essential to be aware of the driving requirements set by the state. The regulations aim to ensure road safety while allowing individuals with low vision to maintain their independence. Low Vision of Arizona can be a valuable resource in helping you fulfill these requirements by providing low vision aids, conducting assessments, and offering training and rehabilitation programs. With our support, you can navigate the roads with confidence and continue to enjoy the freedom of driving, even with macular degeneration.