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23.3.118    VISION TEST

(1) The applicant must be tested for acuity, depth perception and color blindness.

(2) The vision test must be given on a Keystone Telebinocular or equivalent.

(3) The applicant may wear eyeglasses or contact lenses for the vision test. An applicant wearing telescopic lenses or similar magnifying devices must be tested using the carrier lenses only. Telescopic lenses or similar magnifying devices may not be utilized to increase acuity readings.

(a) "Best corrected vision" is a measure of visual acuity while using eyeglasses, contact lenses, or carrier lenses, not telescopic lenses or similar magnifying devices.

(b) Nothing herein should be construed to prohibit the use of telescopic lenses or similar magnifying devices during the driving test or normal driving if the applicant is otherwise qualified.

(4) Card 1 is the card that should be used in testing the applicant for acuity, depth perception, and color blindness. If the applicant passes this test, we know that his acuity is at least 20/40. The applicant should be allowed two misses in each group and still be passed on the acuity test. Group One tests with the left eye occluded. Group Two tests with the right eye occluded. Group Three tests with both eyes together.

(5) "Far point" is the equivalent of an actual distance of 20 feet when the card holder is properly set and the applicant is properly situated.

(6) If an applicant fails the eye examination, give him a copy of Report Form DL-63 and ask him to take it to an eye specialist. Do not refer him to any particular eye specialist. The applicant shall return the completed form with the results of the specialist's examination.

(7) If a report from an eye specialist indicates a visual problem resulting from a medical condition, the applicant may be asked to submit a report from a medical doctor concerning the condition.

History: Sec. 44-1-103, 61-5-125 MCA; IMP, Sec. 61-5-110, 61-5-111 MCA; Eff. 12/31/72; AMD, 1988 MAR p. 503, Eff. 3/11/88.

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