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Mayo Clinic Underscores Need for Senior Drivers to Have Regular Eye Exams

March 29, 2007

ROCHESTER, Minn. --- As drivers become older, it becomes more important for them to schedule regular eye examinations. According to the Mayo Clinic, night vision is particularly prone to decline with age. The Mayo Clinic cites these other common vision problems that can interfere with driving: Cataracts --- A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye. Cataracts cause vision to become blurred or hazy. Cataracts may also make drivers more sensitive to light and glare, making it more difficult to drive at night. Glaucoma --- This group of conditions, characterized by abnormally high pressure inside the eyeball, causes diminished peripheral vision, which makes it more difficult to see a pedestrian or vehicle approaching from the side. Macular degeneration --- This condition causes people to lose the central portion of their field of vision. Without central vision it becomes harder to see pedestrians or other cars approaching. Older drivers need to ask their doctor how frequently they should schedule examinations and then stick to the doctor's recommended exam schedule. Problems may be easier to correct if caught at an early stage.
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