Glaucoma and Your Risks for an Auto Accident

January 25, 2013,

Seniors try to hang on to their independence as long as they can.

Unfortunately, as we all know, aging is a part of life and with aging comes some serious conditions that many of us can't avoid. Many of the characteristics that come along with aging are conditions that affect our safety behind the wheel. There comes a time when we need to know the right thing to do -- to hang up the keys. According to Sunrise Senior Living, the loss of driving privileges can happen for a host of reasons, including the deterioration of our eyesight and not being cognitively fit.
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Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys are using this time to speak with senior residents to make sure they're aware of these conditions and ways to recognize them. It's not about giving up your keys and giving up your independence, it's about making the right moves to help to keep everyone safe.

According to recently released research from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, those with glaucoma face much higher risks for an accident. The risks are actually doubled!

Glaucoma is the term used for a group of diseases that irreversibly damage the optic nerve, leading to vision loss and ultimately, if untreated, blindness. Genetic factors are considered to play a key role in all major forms of glaucoma.

Seniors are urged to check in with their doctors and participate in visual field tests to help to ensure their driving capabilities haven't lapsed.

"We now know that integrating the visual field test into the requirements for a driver's license could save lives," said Dr. Shiho Kunimatsu-Sanuki, researcher with the American Academy of Ophthalmology study.

If you're a senior, glaucoma is a serious concern. Although a threat to residents of all ages, it's more prominent among elderly residents. The Glaucoma Research Foundation reports that there is no cure for the condition and because of the lack of care, these residents are more likely to go blind. According to recent reports, there are more than 2 million Americans who currently have glaucoma, but only about half of these individuals know there's anything wrong. As a matter of fact, it's the second leading cause of blindness in the country.

Ways to Test for Glaucoma:

-Schedule a gonioscopy.

-Visit your doctor for optic nerve imaging.

-Undergo a slit lamp examination.

-A visual field measurement.

-A test of visual acuity.

If you're aging, like most of us are, it's important for you to call your health care provider if you experience any king of severe eye pain or a sudden loss of vision, especially loss of peripheral vision. If none of this applies to you, you should still be screened periodically for the condition.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925.

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