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Restricted Driving Fewer Accidents

People with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) who avoid driving in high-risk situations are less likely to be involved in motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) than those who do not, according to
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The study evaluated 252 consecutive Japanese men aged between 40 and 85 years with primary open-angle glaucoma.

All participants were required to answer a questionnaire on their driving habits, including self-restriction in driving at night, in rain, in fog, on freeways, and lane changing, and history of MVCs.

Participants who reported restricting their driving in one or more ways constituted the self-restriction group, and those who reported no self-restriction made up the no-restriction group. The prevalence of MVCs and the crash rate (number of MVCs/10,000 km driven) were compared between the two groups. The association between prevalence of MVCs and the number of driving self-restrictions was also evaluated.

Researchers found an association between self-restriction and MVCs in male participants. Both the crash rate and the prevalence of MVCs was significantly lower in the self-restriction group. Researchers also reported that the amount of self-restrictions was associated with MVCs.

“Our study indicates that driving self-restriction may be associated with a lower prevalence of MVCs in men with glaucoma,” the authors concluded. “A future prospective cohort or interventional study is needed to provide strong evidence of the efficacy of driving self-restriction among patients with glaucoma.”