The highly esteemed British Journal of Ophthalmology published an important study about how impaired vision function, particularly glaucoma, is directly related to marked changes in driving behaviors and habits. In this day and age, when a vast majority of people across the United States depend heavily on driving as a part of daily life, limitations on using a vehicle can disrupt a person’s life in many ways.
Glaucoma is a primary cause of visual impairment the world over. Approximately 60 million people around the globe are estimated to be afflicted with glaucoma.
The study discussed in the British Journal of Ophthalmology revealed that subjects involved in the research were nearly 5-times more likely to alter when, where, and how they drive. In other words, these individuals make notable changes in the manner in which they go about living from day-to-day due to their glaucoma.
The study revealed that people with even earlier stages of glaucoma avoid driving on freeways or interstates, avoid making lane changes, and avoid driving at higher rates of speed. They also dread being left in a position when they are driving with other vehicles near them, including in city traffic.
Prevailing external conditions also sharply dictate when a person afflicted with glaucoma will drive. These individuals particularly are apt to avoid getting behind the wheel in the rain, fog, or at night time.
In this day and age, if you’re suffering from glaucoma, it doesn’t have to rule your life. There are a variety of treatment options available to you. These include pharmaceutical treatment, microsurgery, and laser procedures. All of these treatment options are available to you on an out-patient basis.
Even if a determination is made that microsurgery or laser treatment makes the most sense for you, these procedures can be performed in a short period of time. In addition to rapid treatment, glaucoma microsurgery or a laser procedure typically provides quick recovery. A person can be back to work or to tending to normal routines within a few days.
The best course to take to ensure that a vision issue like glaucoma doesn’t impact your daily life is to follow a proper eye care routine. At the heart of such a practice is scheduling an annual eye care appointment.
An eye doctor from the knowledgeable, highly experienced team at Matossian Eye Associates is available for your essential eye care needs. You can schedule an appointment with an eye doctor at your convenience by calling us at (800) 708-8800 or through our website at MatossianEye.com.