Night Myopia: A Consideration In Graduated Driver Licensing Systems

  • Published: Night Myopia: A Consideration In Graduated Driver Licensing Systems
  • Authors: White Jr, G L, Mamalis, N and Spellicy, M J
  • Date Added: 30 Jan 2014
  • Last Update: 30 Jan 2014
  • Format: html

Objectives:

To comment on the implications of the findings of about night myopia in “Medical Conditions and Driving: A Review of the Scientific Literature (1960-2000)”

Methodology:

Comment piece

Key Findings:

  • Night myopia is a relatively common condition in which increasing nearsightedness is seen when a patient is in a low contrast conditions such as that noted with night driving, or driving in inclement weather conditions.

  • It is seen relatively commonly in young myopic patients.

  • Approximately 38% of young patients (aged 16-25 years) are deemed to have Night myopia, with 4% having Night myopia of 2.50 diopters.

  • This article discusses the measurement of the magnitude of Night myopia, the causes of Night myopia and treatment effectiveness, and other aspects of this condition as it relates to younger drivers.

  • The subject of graduated driver licensing programs is discussed as a possible means of dealing with the prevalence of Night myopia among younger drivers.

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