Older drivers with cataracts, even only in one eye, have a greatly increased risk of car crashes according to a study published in the national journal Archives of Opthalmology.
Dr. Cynthia Owsley, and other researchers at the University of Alabama, studied 274 older drivers.
Even though most of these older drivers with cataracts thought that they saw perfectly, they were six times more likely to have automobile accidents.
Their vision, as measured by vision charts, did not predict which older drivers were likely to be involved in accidents.
Many older drivers are driving with impaired vision and don’t even know it, and by age 75, cataracts will affect a majority of all people.
Snead Eye Group offers the latest methods in cataract detection and treatment with state-of-the-art technology and a professional, caring staff who understands the needs and concerns of our patients. A diagnosis of cataracts does not have to interfere with the quality of life you deserve, including your ability to drive at night! Our surgeons perform thousands of cataract removal procedures a year. Our practice is know throughout Southwest Florida as “one of the best” in the field of opthalmology as evidenced by the number of patients referred everyday by their friends, family and other doctors in the community.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cataracts, call our office today for a cataract evaluation. Our goal is to provide as much information as possible to assist in your decision making process.