Many studies have been conducted on the relationship between glaucoma and driving. According to one particular study, patients with this condition are at a higher risk of motor vehicle accidents. In today’s article, the esteemed optometrist from the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia in Children highlights some noteworthy information on this finding.
A 4-Year Analysis
This research study was conducted at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, over four years. The ensuing results were featured as a poster at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Vancouver, British Columbia.
A total of 142 patients took part in the study, all of whom have moderate glaucoma and reported driving a motor vehicle. Of this number, 11% reported involvement in at least one road accident within the period. Throughout the study, seven out of ten participants each year reported they gave up driving because of visual impairment.
Glaucoma and Driving: Not a Good Combination
Glaucoma is called the “thief of sight” because it has no warning signs. Changes in vision won’t manifest until the condition is in its advanced stages. If not detected by your local eye doctor, it can lead to irreversible vision loss.
The condition is characterized by increased intraocular pressure (IOP) in the eyes. This leads to the gradual loss of peripheral vision which prevents a patient from performing necessary driving skills. Stopping at intersections, changing lanes, and perceiving crossing pedestrians become more difficult to do for people with this condition. This is even more pronounced when driving at night due to glare and low-contrast surroundings.
Visit your doctor right away if you are having a hard time seeing the road while behind the wheel. Meanwhile, if you have been diagnosed with nearsightedness, be sure to do the same. Myopia control is important to prevent this refractive error from getting worse later in life. High myopia, in fact, is associated with an increased risk of ocular complications that can lead to conditions that cause blindness, including glaucoma.
If you are interested in managing your vision or the vision of a loved one with nearsightedness, contact a local eye doctor or myopia control specialist today.