17.03.2010

Researcher to explore effect of eyesight on elderly quitting driving

Researcher to explore effect of eyesight on elderly quitting driving

By Adrian Galbreth

A University of the West of England (UWE ) researcher is hoping to understand why older people consider giving up driving, including eyesight issues.

Contact lens wearers may be interested in the work of Dr Charles Musselwhite, which is being funded by a UWE Early Career Researcher Grant, one of 20 recently set up by the university.

Dr Musselwhite commented: "I"m interested in the thought processes people have - do they anticipate that as they get older giving up is inevitable, as for example eyesight gets worse or they start to feel more frail?"

He is looking for participants for the study, who will potentially take part in an interview, a group discussion and data recording about their travel habits for a period of four to six weeks.

Road safety charity Brake recently called on the government to introduce annual fit to drive health checks for those over the age of 70.

by Adrian Galbreth


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