Ocular disease and driving

Wood, Joanne M. & Black, Alexander A. (2016) Ocular disease and driving. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 99(5), pp. 395-401.

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As the driving population ages, the number of drivers with visual impairment resulting from ocular disease will increase given the age-related prevalence of ocular disease. The increase in visual impairment in the driving population has a number of implications for driving outcomes. This review summarises current research regarding the impact of common ocular diseases on driving ability and safety, with particular focus on cataract, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, hemianopia and diabetic retinopathy. The evidence considered includes self-reported driving outcomes, driving performance (on-road and simulator-based) and various motor vehicle crash indices. Collectively, this review demonstrates that driving ability and safety are negatively affected by ocular disease; however, further research is needed in this area. Older drivers with ocular disease need to be aware of the negative consequences of their ocular condition and in the case where treatment options are available, encouraged to seek these earlier for optimum driving safety and quality of life benefits.

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ID Code: 95763
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: driver's vision, age-related macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, diabetes
DOI: 10.1111/cxo.12391
ISSN: 0816-4622
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Optometry Australia
Deposited On: 25 May 2016 23:08
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 18:48

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