Sight for the road

sight for the road


Sight for the Road is a unique, collaborative low vision rehabilitation program offered by Spectrios Institute for Low Vision and Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. This collaborative effort provides a comprehensive driving program within the Chicago area for persons who are visually impaired.

How does it work?

Individuals who have experienced vision loss or impairment due to conditions like retinopathy and have a reduced acuity level and/or visual field extent but who want to explore the feasibility of driving can be evaluated initially by a low vision specialist at the Spectrios low vision center.

If the evaluation indicates that the individual meets state visual driving requirements, a referral is made to a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, who will arrange for driving evaluation and training. At times, specially designed spectacles prescribed by the low vision doctor may be necessary before behind-the-wheel training can be initiated.

Unlike some of our other vision rehabilitation services, this program is not grant funded, but in some cases assistance from the state may be available.

NOTE: Participating in this program does not guarantee that a driver’s license will be issued. This program prepares individuals to take the Illinois state examination and road test.