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Medical News & Perspectives
November 3, 1999

Crash Risk Among Older Drivers Studied

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JAMA. 1999;282(17):1610-1611. doi:10.1001/jama.282.17.1610-JMN1103-2-1

Los Angeles—It's one of the most difficult moments in aging: admitting the time has come to surrender the car keys.

While no one can turn back the hands of time or stop age-related vision loss, new studies are zeroing in on specific vision deficits that contribute to vehicular crashes among older drivers. Researchers hope the findings will help identify high-risk drivers and interventions to enhance driver safety.

"We need better methods to identify older drivers, and perhaps all drivers, who are at risk of being in crashes," said Gary Rubin, PhD, professor of ophthalmology at University College in London, during a recent seminar sponsored by Research to Prevent Blindness, a New York–based vision research foundation.