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Many adults who have low vision want to continue driving because it represents independence, convenience, and freedom. The decision to drive, or continue driving, is a personal one that must be made collaboratively with you, your eye doctor, and your local licensing agency. Learn more about important driving considerations at Driving with Low Vision, Finding and Hiring a Driver, and Deciding When to Stop Driving. You can also find helpful tips and techniques for everyday living skills, safe indoor movement and outdoor travel, and everyday living products. Register to receive alerts and news relating to vision loss, including the latest updates in low vision and technology research.

New Research: Automobile Side Windows Do not Offer Sufficient Protection from UV Light, Increase the Risk of Cataracts and Other Eye Diseases

United States government regulations require automobile windshields to be made with laminated glass to lessen potential injury when shattered. The combination of laminated glass and extra-thick glass in front windshields provides protection against ultraviolet-A radiation. However, new research from California indicates that automobile side windows do not provide the same level of protection against ultraviolet-A radiation compared to the front-facing windshield, which may increase the risk of cataracts and skin cancer for frequent drivers. In addition, there is


New Research: An Innovative Simulator Evaluates Eye Diseases and Driving Performance

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is the first ophthalmology department in the country to feature a fully dedicated, high-fidelity, realistic driving simulator to evaluate the effects of visual impairment, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, on an individual's driving performance. The UC San Diego driving simulatorSource: UC San Diego Health System Newsroom Located in the Visual Performance Laboratory of the


Ford Motor Company and University of Cambridge: Research on Driving and Age-Related Vision Changes

The Ford Motor Company is teaming with the University of Cambridge Engineering Design Center to create automobile controls and displays that are responsive to the needs of the growing numbers of adults with age-related vision changes. Age-Related Vision Changes Just as the body undergoes age-related changes, our eyes undergo similar age-related changes as well. Many of these vision and eye changes are normal and are not caused by disease or illness. They can, however, make it difficult to perform many everyday activities, such as reading small print and seeing


New Research on Driving Patterns in Older Adults with Glaucoma

A new study, entitled Driving patterns in older adults with glaucoma, has been published online on February 21, 2013, in BMC Ophthalmology. The study concludes that glaucoma and visual field loss from glaucoma are associated with a greater likelihood that older adults will limit driving, stop driving, or change their driving preferences. The authors are Suzanne W. van Landingham, Chad Hochberg, Robert W.


Finding and Hiring a Driver If You're Blind or Visually Impaired by Stephanie Stephens Van

Guest blogger Stephanie Stephens Van has lectured nationally on adapted crafts and leisure activities; adjustment to blindness and low vision; functional vision skills; and activities of daily living. Stephanie is a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, a Low Vision Therapist, and an adjunct instructor at the Salus University College of Education and


Ford Motor Company and University of Cambridge are Helping Drivers with Age-Related Vision Changes

The Ford Motor Company is teaming with the University of Cambridge Engineering Design Center to create automobile controls and displays that are responsive to the needs of the growing numbers of adults with age-related vision changes. What are age-related vision changes? Just as the body changes with age, our eyes undergo changes too. Many of these vision and eye changes are normal and are not caused by disease or illness. They can, however, make it difficult to


New Research About Drivers and Blind and Visually Impaired Pedestrians

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) is the premier international, interdisciplinary journal of record on blindness and visual impairment. JVIB publishes scholarship and information and serves as a forum for exchanging ideas, airing controversies, and discussing critical professional issues. (Note: As a long-time JVIB subscriber, my personal library contains almost every print issue dating from 1981. That's 30 years of superb reference material! And yes, I am a research


Doctor, Can I Still Drive? Part 2 of a Conversation with Richard Hom, OD, MPA

Guest blogger Dr. Richard Hom has served as a low vision specialist for the Permanente Medical Group's Golden Gate Service Area of three hospitals. Dr. Hom holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California and a Master's degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University. You can follow Dr. Hom on Twitter @GrandRounds4ODs. Previously, Dr. Hom


Doctor, Can I Still Drive? A Conversation with Richard Hom, OD, MPA

Guest blogger Dr. Richard Hom has served as a low vision specialist for the Permanente Medical Group's Golden Gate Service Area of three hospitals. Dr. Hom holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California and a Master's degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University. You can follow Dr. Hom on Twitter @GrandRounds4ODs. "Doctor, can I still drive?" "Will my license be taken away?" "How can I


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