Laws regarding vision requirements for driving vary by state. In North Dakota, the person’s best eye must be able to see the 20/40 line on the eye chart. This level of vision is lower than perfect 20/20 but takes into account the ability of a person to drive while having less than perfect vision.

The rules also take into account the field of vision, or the ability to see objects with side or peripheral vision. These abilities can be measured either by the vision screening at the licensing office or by an eye doctor.

A health screening is a fast way to verify that an individual is free from physical or mental health problems. A vision screening is used to ensure the visual ability necessary to operate a motor vehicle.

The licensing clerk will mark corrective lenses on your driver’s license if you need glasses or contacts to meet the requirement. Certain other restrictions can be required if vision is lower than the legal requirement but meets certain predetermined standards. An example would be daylight-only driving. In these situations, a road driving test may be required.

There is also an appeal process by a medical review board if the restrictions or inability to get a license is in question. Keep in mind, a vision examination by an eye doctor is more authoritative than any vision screening and is also an important way to monitor eye health.

If you have a question concerning your eyes, ask Dr. Picken directly by emailing him at prairie isioncenter@gmail.com.

Dr. Jace Picken is an optometrist at Prairie Vision Center in Wahpeton

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