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Giving back independence and freedom to Australians with central vision loss
Bioptic Drivers Australia (BDA) is a place created by bioptic drivers for potential and current bioptic drivers. Our goal is to tell about our experiences with bioptic driving that we hope will give people inspiration to consider bioptic driving for their personal circumstances. The BDA is growing and with this so too is the network of its friends. BDA also provides information to create awareness for policy makers, eye care and driving professionals. Together, the BDA network seeks to support both supply and demand side mechanisms to formalise bioptic driving in Australia.
BDA welcome people who wish to get involved to support the growth of bioptic driving in Australia If you want to be involved or have a question, please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 16 other countries around the world, including the USA, China, Canada and New Zealand, such people are able to use a bioptic telescope, and have been able to do so in some places for 30 years. In Australia, people are allowed to drive using a bioptic telescope however there is no formalised process to allow for assessment by eyesight practitioners.
BDA would like to see a dedicated standard within the Assessing Fitness To Drive Guidelines that will give eyesight practitioners confidence to assess suitable candidates for bioptic driving. Currently in Australia there are only a handful of experts in the use of these devices. We would also like to see a nation-wide rehabilitation program that can be used by rehabilitation and driver educators to train and monitor safe driving practices for suitable candidates who use a bioptic telescope.
It is estimated that 180,000 Australians have central vision loss, making them unable to pass the visual acuity chart needed to obtain a driver's license.
“There is really no evidence that individuals with vision impairment who use bioptic telescopes on the road are any more unsafe than any other drivers” Cynthia Owsley Ph.D, UAB Professor of Ophthalmology.
BDA (Bioptic Drivers Australia PTY LTD) is currently a private not for profit company ACN: 634 246 950, ABN: 3463 424 6950. BDA is in process of seeking registration as a charity withe the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.
Reduced vision does not have to prevent you from leading an engaged and fulfilling life. With the Bioptic Telescope, you may be able to bring your world into focus, making it easier to see and do things you may never have thought possible.