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NC lawmakers OK bioptic lenses to earn license

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The General Assembly has created a way for North Carolina residents with significant impaired eyesight to pass a driver’s license test.

The legislature gave final approval Monday to a bill that lays out how a person using what’s called bioptic telescopic lenses can qualify for a license for mostly daytime driving. The measure now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.

The person wears what looks like standard eye glasses that have a small telescopic lens attached that magnifies distant objects. The magnifying lens allows the driver to read road or street signs from afar.

The legislation allows a person to get a license by meeting minimum vision requirements, receiving an eye doctor’s report, passing a road test, and completing other training required by the Division of Motor Vehicles.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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