TESTS FOR GLARE SENSITIVITY AND PERIPHERAL VISION IN DRIVER APPLICANTS

A report is given of field trials of a version of the standard vision test modified to provide both a quantitative measure of susceptibility to glare and defects in peripheral vision. Approximately 1,500 driver applcants were examined in 30 stations throughout the state. The distribution of elevated glare sensitivity and defects in peripheral vision in the driving population were determined and correlated with individual accident records. There were clear indications that a large percentage of older drivers had elevated glare sensitivity. Those drivers limited their driving to nonglare conditions in many cases. Future lines of investigation indicated by the present study are a correlation between this test and the present standard used by the Medical Evaluation Board for restriction to daytime driving. More data is needed on driver applicants over the age of 50 about possible elevations in glare sensitivity and accident records. The peripheral vision tester was satisfactory in all respects and it is recommended that it be adopted for general use.

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    National Safety Council

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    Chicago, IL  USA  60611
  • Authors:
    • WOLBARSHT, M L
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

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  • Accession Number: 00167897
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM