Bioptic Driving Program

The Frazier Rehab Institute Bioptic Driving Program is a specialized education and training program that provides qualified persons with visual impairments the opportunity for bioptic driving training.


A bioptic is a lens system with a telescope attached to a pair of glasses above one's normal line of sight. This allows a trained user the opportunity to detect objects or movement within the driving scene using a wide field of view available through the regular spectacle lens. Fine details such as road signs and traffic lights are seen by glancing briefly and intermittently into and out of the miniature telescopic unit.


Occupational therapists who are certified as driving rehabilitation specialists work closely with low vision specialists, The Office for the Blind and the Kentucky Bioptic Driving Program to evaluate and train potential candidates. Persons with the following diagnoses are possible candidates for bioptic driving:


  • Ocular albinism
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Nystagmus
  • Retinopathy of prematurity.


Potential bioptic driving candidates must have 20/200 acuity or better with correction, 20/60 or better using the bioptic telescope, visual fields that meet the standard 120 degrees horizontal and 80 degrees vertical and stable ocular condition.


If you or your loved one is interested in exploring the potential for driving, please contact Deborah Ward, OTR/L, CDRS at [email protected] or 502.429.8640, ext. 273.
For additional information concerning bioptic driving, visit the BiOptic Driving Network.



Frazier is a certified member of the Association of Driver Educators for the Disabled.