Glaucoma is a serious eye condition caused by increased pressure in the eye. The condition causes damage to the optic nerve, which can result in irreversible vision loss without prompt and effective treatment from reputable eye care doctors.
Glaucoma can compromise your vision in many ways. In particular, you may have a hard time driving. Today, we explain why glaucoma can hinder your ability to drive.
Glaucoma and Driving
To be able to drive safely, both your central and peripheral vision must be sharp. The Department of Motor Vehicles requires everyone to have a certain level of visual acuity to obtain an unrestricted driver’s license. You should also have a horizontal visual field of at least 120 degrees with both eyes open.
Patients with glaucoma may experience challenges seeing clearly. An eye health exam may reveal gradual peripheral vision loss. You may also experience poor night vision, reduced contrast sensitivity, and sensitivity to glare. As such, your reflexes to changes in road conditions may be slower, which is dangerous. Navigating curved roads may be a challenge too. You may also find it difficult to match speed when changing lanes.
Ways to Overcome This Problem
Fortunately, there is treatment available that can help make it safe for you to drive with glaucoma. Your eye care specialist may prescribe pressure-lowering eye drops. If this doesn’t work, we may also suggest performing laser treatment or conventional surgery to correct anatomical problems that may be keeping the fluids in your eyes from draining properly.
It’s also important that your prescription eyeglasses are up-to-date. We may suggest upgrading the lenses with an anti-reflective coating or change them to amber tinted ones to reduce glare and improve contrast. Taking a driver training course at a rehabilitation center may help as well.
For more information about glaucoma and driving, call Vision Care Plus at (844) 201-5900. You may also complete our form to schedule an appointment. We serve Drayton Valley, Wetaskiwin, Beaumont and nearby AB areas.