BiOptic Driving Webboard Archive 11/02 to 12/03
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Re: 20/200 Driving in Arkansas
Bioptic Drivers Unite !
From: Artemis Shamamian
Bioptic Drivers Unite This is an open letter to people who use bioptic lenses for driving. I am writing to you to ask for your cooperation and assistance in exposing the discrimination drivers using these corrective lenses inevitably confront at the California Department of Motor Vehicles. I know what I’m talking about. I’ve been driving for over 25 years, 19 with bioptic lenses. I’ve been ridiculed, insulted, disparaged, lied to, and even turned away by DMV employees who were just plain angry about having to deal with my “special” case. For years I thought this abuse was only happening to me. But I’ve learned recently that I’m not alone. Every time I renew my license I know I can count on weeks of anxiety and apprehension, sleepless nights trying to anticipate what they’ll hang me on. There is the routine interrogation - where did I get my glasses, how long have I been driving with them, which DMV station licensed me and more. With each examiner I get a different interpretation of the law and how it should be executed. After jumping all those hoops, I hold my breath and wait. From my experience with the California DMV, there is no consensus regarding the bioptic user except to keep them off the road. DMV examiners seem more hostile about testing drivers with bioptic lenses. Are you seeing the same responses ? As individuals we are vulnerable to the institutionalized ignorance and loose interpretation of the state’s policy for driving with bioptic lenses. We have to back each other up. I think that together we present a united front against this routine discrimination and violation of our rights. These discriminatory practices must be stopped. Until very recently I enjoyed a very successful career as a broadcast journalist and television writer/producer. Although I’m not in the trenches at the moment, I still have many friends and colleagues in both print, radio and television. We are at the center of an injustice. Our situation is compelling and something many people can and do relate to. As the population ages, there is no doubt that more of us will be using new assisted technology to drive. Agencies like the DMV can’t resist the change and we have to help them develop new attitudes though our courage and determination. After all, we’re all still driving against most conventional thinking. If you’d be willing to share your experiences please contact me by calling (818) 353-3186 or e-mailing me at TVArtemis@aol.com
Not sure who you could contact in Arkansas, but have you seen:
Also, which of these is nearest you:
Dr. Michael R. Politzer, O.D., FAAO 1 02 Woodmont Avenue, Ste. 120 Nashville TN 37205 615-386-3036
Dr. Phillip L. Cook, O.D. Retina Associates Low Vision Clinic, 2424 East 21 Street, Ste. #300 Tulsa, OK 74117 918-747-7799
Mary Schwartz, OTR/L Case Manager, Driver Evaluation and Training Program, The Rehabilitation Institute, 3011 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO 64108 T: 816-751-7829 F: 816-751-4457
What do you need to know about the controversies? Have you seen:
I found all this information on this website. Hope it helps.
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