The safety of older drivers is a challenging and emotive issue. While the majority of older drivers are relatively safe, there are a small proportion of drivers who are unsafe, and the number of individuals in this group is likely to increase as our older population grows. One factor that can potentially contribute to reduced driving safety is visual impairment which becomes more prevalent with increasing age. However, while it seems obvious that good vision is critical for safe driving, there is still much debate regarding which specific visual functions are important for safe driving, the level of visual impairment at which driving performance is affected and how various age-related eye diseases impact upon driving performance and safety.
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