West Virginia Bioptic Laws 

Bioptics are permitted for driving and licensure.

  • Visual Acuity: 20/60 in the better eye, with or without corrective lenses.  With less than 20/60 in the better eye, must have optometrist or ophthalmologist declare ability to be safe.
  • Distance visual acuity of between 20/70 and 20/200 inclusive with the best standard spectacle or contact lens correction in the better functioning eye;
  • Visual field of at least 120 degrees horizontally and 80 degrees vertically or better in the same eye as used for visual acuity determination;
  • 20/40 or better distance visual acuity in the better functioning eye using a bioptic device with no greater than a 4X powered telescope that has been prescribed by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist; 
  • Color vision sufficient to respond correctly to presence or changes in traffic light color, pavement markings, road signs, turn indicators, brake lights, emergency flashers, or the presence of other road users including emergency vehicles; 
  • No ocular diagnosis or prognosis that is likely to result in significant deterioration of vision below the protocol levels of visual acuity and visual field; 
  • Normal head, neck and eye movement.

Last Reviewed July 2009