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Glaucoma-related vision loss 'could increase risk for car accidents'

Glaucoma-related vision loss 'could increase risk for car accidents'
12th November 2012

A new study conducted in Asia has shown that older adults affected by glaucoma are more likely to be involved in car accidents.

Research presented at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, jointly conducted this year with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, found a glaucoma group had about twice as many accidents as people without the eye disease that affects peripheral vision.

The study, which was carried out at Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, in Sendai, Japan, suggested mandatory vision testing guidelines be introduced for glaucoma patients.

Dr Shiho Kunimatsu-Sanuki, lead researcher on the study, said: "We now know that integrating the visual field test into the requirements for a driver's license could save lives."

The NHS states that glaucoma can be treated with eye drops, laser treatment or surgery, but it is important to diagnose the condition early as any damage to the eyes cannot be reversed.

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