Bioptic Glasses for Driving

Losing your ability to safely drive due to low vision can be extremely demoralizing, as it greatly limits your personal freedom. Fortunately, there are specialized bioptic glasses designed for use while driving that can help you regain that independence and maintain the same quality of life you experience before the onset of low vision.

Bioptic Glasses for Driving in Santa Clarita

What are Bioptic Glasses?

Bioptic glasses serve a similar function for low vision patients as regular binoculars do for people with normal vision. However, unlike with regular binoculars, bioptic glasses. Designed for low vision patients, they are worn just like regular glasses.

Bioptic glasses look very much like regular ophthalmic glasses, except with the addition of miniature telescope lenses atop one or both lenses. The location of these telescopes is not random; it is very precisely placed above the eye level or line of sight, to enable the wearer to look through them when required, while utilizing the lenses’ regular prescription strength at other times.

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Bioptic Glasses for Driving

Driving can be a major challenge for low vision patients. They had to be capable of seeing road conditions, making quick decisions to speed up, slow down, or change lands, as well as to view things like road signs, traffic lights, and other cars at distance.

Bioptic glasses especially help when it comes to focusing on specific objects while driving. Due to the placement of the telescope lenses, a driver will be looking through their regular prescription lenses most of the time, and can, with a simple downward tilt of the head, start looking through the telescope to focus on a specific object in the distance.

Part of the reason the telescopes are placed as they are is that it isn’t advisable to always look through them, since they limit the wearer’s field of view, which can be dangerous while driving. 

Bioptic glasses often take some getting used to, but it generally doesn’t take long to adapt.

How Do I Get Bioptic Glasses?

If you think bioptic glasses can help you, the first step is to see a doctor for a comprehensive vision exam. This will allow them to determine exactly what sort of vision assistance you need (whether bioptic glasses, a different low vision device, or some combination), and they will then be able to make a recommendation on what would work best for you. They will then provide you with a prescription for your bioptic glasses.

How Do I Get Bioptic Glasses?
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Summary

Bioptic glasses are an extremely helpful low vision device which is especially useful while driving, thanks to it allowing the wearer to quickly switch to a higher magnification to focus on specific distant objects. If you are experiencing low vision and think bioptic glasses may help you, you can contact Amplify EyeCare Santa Clarita at (661) 775-1860 to schedule an appointment for a vision exam and consultation. Patients with low vision visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of low vision services for patients from Santa Clarita, Palmdale, Lancaster, and San Fernando Valley.

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  • My eight year old daughter was terrified to go to the eye doctor for fear of her eyes being dilated. The doctor was SO KID friendly! He immediately made her comfortable by engaging her in conversation. It was a geat experience.


    Joya B.

  • Dr. Garbus spent an amazing amount of time to solve my very complicated visual problems. Over the years he has continually achieved results beyond what others felt possible. He is always up to date on the latest science. He is great!


    Dolores K.

  • Family Vision Care Valencia makes it so easy. Staff is knows what they are doing and Dr. Garbus is thorough and kept me well informed during the exam.


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  • I have been coming to Family Vision Center for almost 20 years. Dr. Garbus has been able to help my vision when other doctors could not. Now my kids see him as well. I highly recommend this office!


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  • The Doctor is very good. I felt on this visit he seemed rushed. I had questions to ask him but he was already with another patient. I still do not know if my eyes are the same , worse, or better.


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Testimonials


My eight year old daughter was terrified to go to the eye doctor for fear of her eyes being dilated. The doctor was SO KID friendly! He immediately made her comfortable by engaging her in conversation. It was a geat experience.


Joya B.

Dr. Garbus spent an amazing amount of time to solve my very complicated visual problems. Over the years he has continually achieved results beyond what others felt possible. He is always up to date on the latest science. He is great!


Dolores K.

Family Vision Care Valencia makes it so easy. Staff is knows what they are doing and Dr. Garbus is thorough and kept me well informed during the exam.


Kristy B.

I have been coming to Family Vision Center for almost 20 years. Dr. Garbus has been able to help my vision when other doctors could not. Now my kids see him as well. I highly recommend this office!


Autumn C.

The Doctor is very good. I felt on this visit he seemed rushed. I had questions to ask him but he was already with another patient. I still do not know if my eyes are the same , worse, or better.


Howard B.

All the staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and has been for all the years I have been going there.


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