VISUAL RISK FACTORS FOR DRIVING DIFFICULTY AMONG OLDER DRIVERS

This study sought to evaluate associations between visual function and self reported difficulty with driving tasks. Drivers (384) between the ages of 55 and 85 were selected from ophthalmology practices and optometry clinics, three out of four of the sample had cataracts and the remaining were cataract free. Information on driving exposure and difficulty was obtained via self report. Visual functional status of all participants was measured with respect to acuity, contrast sensitivity, disability glare and useful field of view. Cognitive impairment was evaluated using the Mattis Organic Mental Syndrome Screening Examination. The results show a pattern of difficulty in high risk driving situations among those with decreased visual acuity and contrast sensitivity, even after adjustments for age, gender, weekly mileage, and cognitive impairment.

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    Elsevier

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    Kidlington, Oxford  United Kingdom  OX5 1GB
  • Authors:
    • McGwin Jr, G
    • Chapman, V
    • Owsley, C
  • Publication Date: 2000-11

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00800796
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-043 141
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 3 2001 12:00AM