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??? about BTS
I'm wondering if all BTS systems are considered telescopic lenses, even the lower magnification ones..
Just to clarify the reason why I'm asking is if a DMV says you have to be able to read 20/40 aided or unaided but we don't allow telescopic lenses. Just wondered if the smaller magnification BTS are technically called telescopic?
Last changed: April 13, 2012
profile of the demographics, training and driving history of telescopic drivers in the state of Michigan.
From: Park WL, Unatin J, Park JM.
J Am Optom Assoc. 1995 May;66(5):274-80. A profile of the demographics, training and driving history of telescopic drivers in the state of Michigan. Park WL, Unatin J, Park JM. Beaumont Eye Institute, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI 48073, USA. BACKGROUND: Five-hundred twenty-eight licensed, telescopic drivers in the state of Michigan, were sent a questionnaire consisting of 50 questions to evaluate the demographics, formal training procedures experienced by these drivers, and their driving habits. METHODS: One-hundred forty-nine responses were tabulated to determine the characteristics of the telescopic driver in the state of Michigan. RESULTS: The findings show an increased necessity for dynamic assessment, training and follow-up of the telescopic wearer and for referral to a specific driving program to establish safe driving skills. CONCLUSION: As the field of low vision expands in its delivery of care, and with improvement in technology, the desire for telescopic driver's licenses will increase. The need for dynamic training procedures delivered by the multidisciplinary rehabilitative team becomes even more vital to ensure safe driving skills and to protect the privilege to drive. Extensive training, followup and communication must be an integral part of this process.
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