Can I still drive with glaucoma?

Glaucoma patients with visual field defects are at increased risk for motor vehicle accidents. Although central vision is usually spared up to late phases of the disease, glaucoma may affect the peripheral vision at early to moderate phases. Glaucoma patients usually complain about glare, poor night vision and low contrast sensitivity. Also, vision can occasionally become very poor when transitioning from light to dark (i.e. when entering a tunnel).

It is recommended for glaucoma patients with moderate-advanced visual field loss to avoid or even stop driving, particularly in more difficult situation such as at night and under fog conditions. Public transportation should be used as often as possible. You must consult your doctor to discuss this issue and study your state authority regulations for driving.

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Important message for glaucoma patients

It is important for you to get yourself regularly screened for glaucoma. If you have been diagnosed to have glaucoma, effective treatment options are now available and regular treatment and follow up can help you to preserve your vision for your lifetime, avoiding unnecessary fear of going blind.

You can live happily with glaucoma and enjoy an excellent quality of life, particularly if the disease is detected early and treated in time. Always remember that once you have glaucoma, you will have to be under the care of an eye doctor for the rest of your life.

There is a lot of research going on and new treatments may become available for glaucoma in the near future.

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