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The effect of monovision contact lens wear on driving performance

Wood, Joanne M., Wick, Kristan, Shuley, Vicki L., Pearce, Brendon, & Evans, Dean (1998) The effect of monovision contact lens wear on driving performance. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 81(3), pp. 100-103.

Abstract

Background: A number of studies have highlighted the problems with driving reported by wearers of monovision contact lens corrections. In this study, we wished to investigate this further, by determining whether driving performance as measured on the open road under daytime conditions is worse when drivers wear their monovision contact lenses compared to their habitual correction.

Methods: Thirteen subjects with healthy eyes and corrected visual acuity of 6/6 were selected. Each had worn monovision contact lenses for at least three months. All subjects had their driving performance assessed while driving their own vehicles on an open road course, with both monovision contact lenses and their other habitual correction (spectacles or unaided).

Results: No statistically significant differences were found in driving performance when subjects wore their monovision contact lenses compared to when they wore their habitual distance correction.

Conclusions: The results indicate that monovision does not adversely affect driving performance in daylight hours for adapted wearers. However, limitations in the study design are acknowledged, including the relatively small sample size, lack of standardisation of the habitual correction and the use of adapted wearers. Future studies are recommended to investigate these issues further.

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ID Code: 11963
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The contents of this journal from 1998 to 2005 can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: adapted wearers, contact lenses, daytime, driving, monovision, open road
ISSN: 0816-4622
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 1998 Optometrists Association Australia
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2010 03:07

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