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Glaucoma may make car accidents more likely

When people have a medical condition that could affect the way they drive or how they see the road, they are responsible for knowing when they should not drive. This is especially true for people who have glaucoma. This is a medical condition that affects how a person sees, specifically his or her side vision. Louisiana readers can see how limited vision in any capacity could make it more likely that a person would cause car accidents.

A study recently concluded that glaucoma causes an increased likelihood of car accidents. It started by studying people over the age of 60 who have this condition, and each person involved with the study was seen by a doctor five times. At the initial visit, around 6% of study participants admitted that they had been involved in a car accident.

Over the course of the study, this percentage continued to increase. This may mean that the older a person gets and the more the condition progresses, the less safe it is for that individual to drive. Families who have loved ones with this condition should be prepared to have conversations with that individual about his or her ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. 

Car accidents happen for many reasons, but Louisiana victims do not have to suffer alone. When a person who has a medical condition that affects his or her ability to drive causes an accident, that person could be responsible for damages caused. Victims will find significant benefit in taking quick action to move forward with the appropriate course of action.

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