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Should People with Glaucoma Be Allowed to Drive in Wisconsin?

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Late last year, research was presented before the 116th meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology that suggested that people with glaucoma may be at increased risk for causing serious car accident injuries.

Specifically, the study found that people with glaucoma had about twice as many accidents as people without glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye disease that effects a person’s peripheral vision. People with this condition may be unable to clearly see everything that they need to see in order to drive safely and avoid serious car crashes.

New Suggestion Made for Drivers with Glaucoma

The specific way in which glaucoma affects vision means that some people would be able to pass the existing vision tests required for driving with glaucoma. The study suggests that it might be safer to have people with glaucoma take an additional vision test that tests their peripheral vision in order to make sure that they can drive safely and avoid accidents.

Currently, such a vision test is not required of people with glaucoma who are seeking to obtain or renew driving licenses in Wisconsin or Illinois.

There comes a point where some people should not be on the road. It would be beneficial for everyone if they knew they shouldn't be driving and therefore stop driving. However, we know it's just not that easy. If there is some reason you "know" you shouldn't be driving, please don't... it could save a life!!! Stay safe.
by Tina Shrock March 7, 2013 at 12:37 AM
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