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Challenges Faced by Older Drivers

Doing one’s best to preserve visual acuity at an advanced age not only increases enjoyment of life, it is also a matter of safety. The fact is that older drivers’ eyes go through age-related changes that may prove problematic while driving. Cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration are eye conditions and diseases that have the potential to reduce the field of vision, blur vision, and/or decrease the ability to adjust to low-light conditions or glare. Drivers over the age of sixty owe it to themselves and everyone around them to follow the American Optometric Association’s recommendation to schedule regular eye exams annually. An updated lens prescription may save your life and the lives of those you love. We rely on our vision to read, watch television, drive, and walk.  As we age, our ability to see clearly is essential to our ability to maintain independence and enjoy our surroundings. Due to low contrast levels, dusk and dawn generally are the most difficult times for older drivers to see clearly.



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