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Glaucoma and Driving

Recommendations for Driving With Glaucoma

Doctors can often treat glaucoma and slow its progression. It is extremely important that you get your glaucoma checked on a regular basis by your eye care expert, and that you take any prescribed glaucoma medications.
Your eye care expert can refer you to a specialist, if needed. This specialist can give you on- and off-road tests to see if, and how, your glaucoma is affecting your driving. The specialist may also offer training to improve your driving skills.
Improving your skills could help keep you and others around you safe. To find a specialist near you, call the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists at 1-800-290-2344. You can also call hospitals and rehabilitation facilities to find an occupational therapist who can help with the driving skills assessment.

Glaucoma and Cutting Back on Driving

You can keep your independence with glaucoma even if you have to cut back or give up on your driving. It may take planning ahead on your part, but it will get you to the places you want to go and the people you want to see. Consider the following:
  • Rides with family and friends
  • Taxi cabs
  • Shuttle buses or vans
  • Public buses, trains, and subways.
Also, senior centers, religious groups, and other local service groups often offer transportation services for older adults in the community.

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