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Ian Luff helps spread awareness about Glaucoma and its effect on driving

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Last week an event was held in Australia to create awareness about Glaucoma and its effects on driving. Ian Luff was present at the event to showcase how driving is affected by Glaucoma.

Ian Luff

Glaucoma is the name given to a series of diseases that irreversibly damage the eye‟s optic nerve.  If left unchecked, this can result in serious vision loss over time. Glaucoma is commonly detected by measuring the pressure in the eye, also known as
intraocular pressure (IOP). When eye pressure increases over time, the optic nerve becomes damaged. Worldwide, an estimated 6.7 million people are blind from glaucoma, with approximately 70 million people living with the condition. 

Research that investigated the on-road driving performance of patients with glaucoma which included interventions to prevent unsafe situations found that patients with glaucoma were six times more likely than those with normal vision to have an instructor intervene. This was primarily due to difficulty detecting peripheral obstacles and hazards and reaction to unexpected events.

Motoring expert Ian Luff, Founder of “Drive to Survive”, a driver education program, and Ambassador of the World Glaucoma Week 2011, believes driving a motor vehicle requires precise judgement and actions.

“With four decades of experience in post-licence driver education and training, I believe peripheral or side vision used effectively increases a driver?s level of awareness. Having effective vision provides a driver with the ability to anticipate what is happening around them. Alcohol, drugs, fatigue and medical conditions are common causes of accidents and road trauma,” states Mr Luff.

As glaucoma develops gradually, patients may not be aware that they are suffering from the disease. “Although the effects of glaucoma can be devastating, early detection and treatment can significantly reduce damage to the eyes.  Glaucoma causes permanent, irreversible damage to the eyes and for this reason, early detection plays a crucial role in the management of the disease. It is important to be aware of the risk factors and to discuss any concerns with an eye health professional,” adds Dr. Healey.

Ian Luff undergoing eye exam 

So go and get checked out for Glaucoma today !

Written by Formula One Addict

March 8th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

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