10.21.19

Fixing Cataracts Significantly Improves Driving Performance in Seniors

Source: Reuters

Having cataract surgery significantly improves driving performance among older adults, according to a new study, according to a Reuters report.

Older drives are the fastest growing group of drivers. Cataract is a major cause of visual impairment, and one that is easily corrected by surgery. But people often delay having cataract surgery for a variety of reasons, Dr. Jonathon Ng of the University of Western Australia, Perth, noted during a presentation of the research on October 12 at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting in San Francisco.

To gauge the benefit of cataract surgery on driving ability, he and his colleagues used a driving simulator to test vision before and after cataract surgery in 44 adults (mean age, 73; 52% male).

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