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Elderly drivers and simulated visual impairment

Wood, Joanne M. & Troutbeck, Rodney J. (1995) Elderly drivers and simulated visual impairment. Optometry And Vision Science, 72(2), pp. 115-124.

Abstract

BACKGROUND. The effect of simulated visual impairment on the driving performance of elderly subjects and the relation between changes in driving performance and vision were investigated. METHODS. Vision was impaired by goggles simulating the effects of cataracts, binocular visual field restriction, and monocularity. Driving was assessed on a road circuit free of other vehicles. Visual performance was measured using the Humphrey Field Analyser (HFA), the Useful Field of View (UFOV), and the Pelli-Robson chart. RESULTS. The simulated visual impairment significantly decreased driving performance, even though all drivers satisfied the legal visual requirements for driving. Significant correlations between driving performance and the UFOV and Pelli-Robson chart were found.

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ID Code: 11942
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: driving, elderly, vision, visual impairment
ISSN: 1538-9235
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300) > Vision Science (111303)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1995 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2010 02:40

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