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A Journal on Ophthalmology




Minerva Oftalmologica 2013 June;55(2):39-43

language: English

Low-vision and driving: evaluating new approaches and finalized technologies. A case report

Nuzzi R. 1, 2, Damiani F. 2, Tridico F. 1

1 Eye Clinic Section, S. Luigi Gonzaga University of Turin, Orbassano, Turin, Italy;
2 Institute of Ophthalmology Department of Clinical Pathophysiology Visual System and Eye Clinic Section University of Turin, Turin, Italy


In the year 2010, 211,404 car accidents with personal injury were registered in Italy. The number of deaths was 4’090, and the injured were 302,735. Car accidents are the first cause of death in young people aged between 5 and 29 years. Vision issues can lead to serious consequences in the road environment. One driver out of 10 is unaware of having a vision problem and weather conditions, such as rain or fog, can make basic conditions worse. Specific aids and visual prosthesis, currently in experimentation, can make the ground for future utilization in the field of driving for visually impaired people. In this case-report we want to evaluate preliminarily, in a patient with low-vision, the application of a device designed with entertainment purposes (or to provide traffic and driving information), which can be used to help an individual affected by vision field loss. The patient referred improved driving experience and capability, and a good compliance in the usage of the device has been observed. It is advisable and under development a new approach of experimental and interdisciplinary integration between ophthalmologists, engineers and technicians from the automotive industry in the making of new technologies that can improve the driving capabilities in low-sighted patients.

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