Driving with Monocular Vision

Driving with Prosthetic EyeIn most cases, there is no reason why a person wearing an prosthetic eye can not learn or continue to drive.  In the United States there are no restrictions for monocular drivers obtaining or keeping their non-commercial license.  There are a few driving situations that will require special attention, but with patience and practice these situations can be overcome.

Driving with monocular vision will be an initial challenge because of the difficulty in judging distances.  The loss of visual perception will require an increase in alertness.  It will be necessary to make wider, faster, and more frequent head movements to account for the decreased visual field.  What may seem impossible at first, will become second nature with practice and a patient mindset.

Driving can be dangerous for both the binocular and monocular person.  To decrease this risk, particular attention must be paid to decreasing distractions.  Car features to consider purchasing are audio controls on the steering wheel, a hands-free phone system, wide angle rearview mirror, and a reverse camera.  These additional tools can add a lot to a monocular driver’s peace of mind.

If you have any questions about driving, do not hesitate to discuss them with your board certified ocularist.  They will be happy to answer your concerns and provide you with additional resources to help you overcome your fears.  Driving, like all activities with monocular vision, will be different but not disabling.  Take your time and enjoy the ride!