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From: Kim
Email: kimmy@idx.com.au
URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bioptic_driving_australia
Date: November 22, 2002
Time: 22:18:41


I have just started a yahoo group for anyone interested in discussion, debate and reform of the current Australian policy (or lack thereof) regarding the use of bioptics for people driving with low vision in Australia. I am a person with Oculo Cutaneous Albinism (type 2) from NSW and feel I could drive safely if given the equiptment and opportunity. In the very near future I will be starting am Australian page linked to the Bioptic Driving Network website. Come join and together lets make this happen!!! To subscribe go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bioptic_driving_australia

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Driving habits and health-related quality of life in patients with age-related maculopathy.

From: DeCcarlo DK, Scilley K, Wells J, Owsley C.
Date: December 26, 2003
Time: 18:08:41


Optom Vis Sci. 2003 Mar;80(3):207-13. Driving habits and health-related quality of life in patients with age-related maculopathy. DeCcarlo DK, Scilley K, Wells J, Owsley C. Low Vision and Geriatrics, Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328, USA. ddecarlo@nova.edu PURPOSE: To characterize the driving habits of persons with age-related maculopathy who present to a low-vision rehabilitation clinic and to examine how driving status relates to vision-specific health-related quality of life. METHODS: The Driving Habits Questionnaire, the National Eye Institute Vision Function Questionnaire-25, and the Life Space Questionnaire were administered via telephone interview to 126 patients with age-related maculopathy who presented to a low-vision clinic during the previous year and were either past or current drivers. RESULTS: Twenty-four percent of the sample reported being a current driver. Compared with those who stopped driving, current drivers were more likely to be male, younger, have better visual acuity and higher National Eye Institute Vision Function Questionnaire-25 scores. Drivers reported driving an average of 4 days and 10 miles per week. Over 50% of drivers reported that because of their vision, they had difficulty with or did not drive at all in rain, at night, on freeways or interstate highways, in heavy traffic areas, or during rush hour. Drivers and nondrivers did not differ in their life space, the spatial extent of their excursions into their environment. CONCLUSION: Some individuals who present to a low-vision clinic with age-related maculopathy do drive, although their driving exposure is low and they report avoiding challenging on-road situations. Driving status in age-related maculopathy appears to be related to better eye visual acuity and vision-specific health-related quality of life.

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