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Study shows accident risk declines after eye surgery

On Behalf of | Oct 16, 2018 | Auto Accidents

People in California who want to find ways to improve their safety on the road might often think about laws that could be created or stronger penalties for those who break those laws. These actions often some means of guiding drivers to the behaviors that are desired and away from the behaviors that are not. There are, however, other avenues to reducing the risk of an accident on the road that may actually be related to caring for one’s health.

Diminishing eyesight can be a natural problem for people as they age. Some even develop cataracts, which is a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes clouded, thereby impairing a person’s ability to see clearly. Certainly, reduced eye function can make a person more apt to be in an accident as perhaps they do not see an object, a vehicle or a person. They may even have difficulty seeing traffic signs.

Reuters Health recently reported on a study in which a reduction in the risk of having a motor vehicle accident by as much as 60 percent was found among people who had undergone cataract surgery in one eye. After completing a second cataract surgery, the accident risk of respondents decreased another 23 percent. 

It is estimated that one out of every two people in the United States will either have had surgery for cataracts or developed cataracts by the time they reach the age of 80 according to the National Institutes of Health. In today’s society, many people can expect to keep driving well after this age, highlighting the importance of this study’s results.