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March 2013

Driving With Central Field Loss

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Minnesota Laboratory for Low-Vision Research, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013;131(3):393-395. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.1974

Should people with central field loss (CFL) be on the road driving? Independent travel is an important prerequisite for full participation in modern society. Reduced mobility and its associated social isolation and depression are among the most severe consequences of vision impairment. Research on mobility with vision impairment has focused primarily on pedestrian travel, but there is a growing interest in the impact of vision disorders on driving, including cataract,1 retinitis pigmentosa,2 hemianopia,3 and macular degeneration.4,5 In this issue of JAMA Ophthalmology, Bronstad et al6 describe how specific characteristics of CFL affect driving performance.