I Have Macular Degeneration – Can I Drive?
Macular degeneration (also known as macular degeneration) the macula, a spot near the center of the retina (light-sensitive inner lining of the eyeball). It is a common eye problem among older drivers that makes it hard to drive safely. macular degeneration is the leading cause of new cases of.
Ten years ago, before injections for wet macular degeneration became available, people lost much of their central vision. Now, thanks to medical injections with brolucizumab (Beovu®), aflibercept (Eylea®), ranibizumab (Lucentis®), or bevacizumab (Avastin®) can protect precious reading and driving vision in many patients.
Driving With Macular Degeneration: Is It Safe? If you have macular degeneration, you may have struggled over whether to continue driving. The disease causes blurriness or a blind spot called a scotoma in the center of the field of vision. The size, density, and location of a scotoma determine whether you can see well enough to drive safely.
Driving when you have macular degeneration. For people, driving represents freedom, control and independence. Driving enables people to get to the places they want to go and to see the people they want to see when they want. Driving is a complex skill. Our ability to drive safely can be challenged by changes in our physical, emotional.
Driving When You Have Macular Degeneration – DOT HS – June
Many people with macular degeneration first notice difficulty with driving when the light is dim. If this is the case, you should stop driving at night and avoid driving at dawn or dusk as much as possible. Days that are overcast or have bad weather should also be avoided as the light isn’t as bright. Lots of traffic can be disorienting, as User Interaction Count:
Driving when you have macular degeneration
There, the optometrist will assess whether you are fit to drive. Examiners use this approach in driving tests and it is a little crude. If you have only one good seeing eye, we deem you monocular. Macular degeneration affects the central vision. Patients can suffer from blur patches or distortion in the middle of their vision. Unfortunately in these patients, this does not mean they can legally drive.
The DVLA will check that you do not have a field defect in your vision that affects driving. They will send you to an approved optometrist. That optometrist will perform an automated visual field test known as a binocular Esterman visual field test. They will conduct this on you with both eyes open and will assess your visual field.
The DVLA requires patients to have a horizontal field of vision of at least degrees. The extension should be 70 degrees left and right and 30 degrees above or below. There must be no defects within a radius of the central 30 degrees.
They do this to ensure that you have enough peripheral field to see objects on the road coming from the sides. And also to ensure you do not have any blind spot defects in the centre of your vision that would be deemed dangerous. Unfortunately, some patients have defects in their central vision due to age-related macular degeneration.
Patients who fail this driving visual field test despite having good vision on the eye charts. This situation can be frustrating for patients. But the DVLA has strict criteria for drivers not to endanger themselves or others when driving. I see similar frustrations with patients who have strokes that cause quite severe visual field loss. These patients still keep the ability to see well on our eye charts. My advice is not to worry too much and seek the advice of your optometrist or eye doctor who can usually tell you on what to do.
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