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How does Macular Degeneration Affect One's Driving Ability?
September 08, 2023

How does Macular Degeneration Affect One's Driving Ability?

A major concern for those who have been diagnosed with macular degeneration is can I keep driving? How does macular degeneration affect one's driving ability and when will I know it's time to stop driving are also commonly asked questions.

There are certain vision changes that are common to age related macular degeneration (AMD) but everyone's eyes are different and everyone progresses differently. Some people may have dry macular degeneration that remains stable for years without progressing to wet AMD. Other's may suffer vision losses quite quickly. Here are some things to consider regarding driving and AMD.

1. What form of AMD do you have? The dry form or wet AMD

2. What stage is your macular degeneration?

3. Is one or are both eyes affected by AMD? Do you have "good vision" in one eye or do both eyes have visual losses?

4. Do you have other eye conditions like cataracts or glaucoma?

5. What are your driving conditions? Heavy traffic, nighttime, raining, or snowing?

For most people in the United States, the loss of a driver's license and the ability to go any where at any time, is one of the most difficult adjustments to a visual disability.

Check out the different ways AMD can affect one's ability to drive from loss of depth perception to blurry vision and some solutions to getting where you need to go when you can no longer drive...

How Does Macular Degeneration Affect One's Driving Ability?

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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