Eyes, Vision & Driving in Maryland

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Eyes, Vision & Driving in Maryland

Baltimore Washington Eye Center Medical Director Arturo Betancourt, M.D., shared a common question about eyes, vision and driving in Maryland. “Doctor, why do I need glasses to drive? I can see fine.” “We hear this comment from our patients on a weekly basis,” noted Dr. Betancourt.  “The answer is simple. You no longer meet the requirements to drive without correction in the state of Maryland,” he further explained.  

The standard is 20/40 in each eye, UNCORRECTED.  If you do not meet this standard you are required by law to drive wearing corrective lenses, glasses or contact lenses. So why are you sitting there perplexed?
It is likely that the vision in one eye is in fact 20/40 or better.  Since we see binocularly, this "good eye", allows you to drive without apparent problems. It is likely that in the past, you in fact had good vision in both eyes.  Possibly equal, but as you have aged, so have your eyes. You might have early cataracts, or some other ocular condition.  We would prescribe glasses or contacts to correct your vision to your best potential. If you had an underlying disease, this would be treated. Remember, we did not make the law. We are informing you of its requirements and providing you with the means to comply.  We are responsible to inform and help you to comply.  As you, we also adhere to it.  We are not trying to punish you!

Guest Blogger: Arturo E Betancourt M.D., F.A.C.S. Medical Director-Baltimore Washington Eye Center

If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about their eyes, vision and driving, they are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear  and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.