Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Study reveals most eye doctors discuss driving skills with senior patients

An interesting study conducted at the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center has revealed that most eyecare providers consider it their responsibility to ask patients aged 65 and older about their driving abilities, the University said in a press release. The study, led by Donald C. Musch, Ph.D., surveyed 500 ophthalmologists and optometrists in Michigan on how they evaluate the driving capabilities of senior patients. The majority of eyecare providers routinely asks senior patients about driving and often tests visual acuity and peripheral vision in these patients. Most (87%) also reported asking senior patients about glare, night driving, and the ability to read signs. However, only 8% of practitioners surveyed said they ask senior drivers about their driving records or about more challenging maneuvers such as merging or backing up. The study also found that eyecare providers often neglect to ask seniors about medical conditions or medications that might impact the ability to drive.