Changes in our eyesight as we grow older affect
how well we can drive. Three eye diseases common among older adults – cataracts,
glaucoma, and macular degeneration – Make it hard to drive safely. Cataracts can make your vision dull
and blurry, making it hard to see lane markers, pedestrians, or traffic lights. Glare from bright sunlight and oncoming
headlights can be very difficult to manage. Glaucoma affects what you can
see from the sides of your eyes. – what is called your peripheral
vision. While most drivers would see this oncoming vehicle, a person with glaucoma might
only be able to see this much of the situation. Macular degeneration affects what you can
see in the center of your field of vision. The middle of any scene will appear blurry
or even blank, which makes it difficult to see cars directly in front of you. Make sure
you get your eyes checked at least once each year. If you have concerns about your eyesight
or have already been diagnosed with an eye disorder, your eye doctor may recommend checkups
more often. You should always wear your corrective lenses if your driver’s license says you should.
You can work with your Department of Motor Vehicles to make sure your vision
meets legal requirements. Staff Member: “Please press your forehead
and read line number four.” You can also work with a driving rehabilitation specialist to develop strategies
to improve your ability to drive safely with certain vision changes. Talk with your family
and plan ahead in case your vision problems make driving unsafe. The car is only
one way to get around. Stay safe – for yourself and
for others on the road!

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