2012.11.14 Prize & Commendation
Assistant Professor Shiho Kunimatsu-Sanuki "Investigation of the relationship between car accidents caused by glaucoma drivers and their visual field loss" introduced as highlight of AA0 APAO 2012 Joint Meeting
On November 11, at the Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology held in Chicago, the research paper authored by Assistant Professor Shiho Kunimatsu-Sanuki of the Department of Ophthalmology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine was chosen as best poster, and introduced as a society highlight.
With the advent of an aging society, there are concerns for the safety of senior citizen drivers. Research was conducted with 36 glaucoma patients and 36 age-matched participants who had normal peripheral vision. The participants were asked to drive using a driving simulator in a setting where a vehicle or child appeared suddenly out of a side street and compared the probability of accidents happening. The research study showed that glaucoma patients with limited peripheral vision were twice as likely to cause an accident when compared to the control participants who had normal peripheral vision. Moreover, integrated visual field (binocular visual field) sensitivities within 10°of the fixation point may have been related to broad side collisions and collisions with oncoming right-turning vehicles.
Assistant Professor Shiho Kunimatsu-Sanuki, the presenter, called for "the creation of a guideline for safe driving for glaucoma patients and create a stringent warning system to make dangerous motorist voluntarily stop driving before causing any accidents."
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