Relationship between Functional Visual Acuity and Useful Field of View in Elderly Drivers

Kazuno Negishi, Sachiko Masui, Masaru Mimura, Yoshio Fujita, Kazuo Tsubota

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PURPOSE: To investigate the relationship between the functional visual acuity (FVA) and useful field of view (UFOV) in elderly drivers and assess the usefulness of the FVA test to screen driving aptitude in elderly drivers.

METHODS: This study included 45 elderly drivers (31 men, 14 women; mean age, 68.1 years) and 30 younger drivers (26 men, 4 women; mean age, 34.2 years) who drive regularly. All participants underwent measurement of the binocular corrected distant visual acuity (CDVA), binocular corrected distant FVA (CDFVA), and Visual Field with Inhibitory Tasks Elderly Version (VFIT-EV) to measure UFOV. The tear function and cognitive status also were evaluated.

RESULTS: The CDVA, the CDFVA, cognitive status, and the correct response rate (CAR) of the VFIT-EV were significantly worse in the elderly group than in the control group (P = 0.000 for all parameters). The cognitive status was correlated significantly with the CDVA (r = -0.301, P = 0.009), CDFVA (r = -0.402, P = 0.000), and the CAR of the VFIT-EV (r = 0.348, P = 0.002) in all subjects. The results of the tear function tests were not correlated with the CDVA, CDFVA, or VFIT-EV in any subjects. Stepwise regression analysis for all subjects in the elderly and control groups showed that the CDFVA predicted the CAR most significantly among the clinical factors evaluated.

CONCLUSION: The FVA test is a promising method to screen the driving aptitude, including both visual and cognitive functions, in a short time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e0147516
JournalPLoS One
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Visual Acuity
Binoculars
Visual Fields
Regression analysis
testing
Aptitude
cognition
Tears
Cognition
regression analysis
Control Groups
Regression Analysis
methodology

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  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Relationship between Functional Visual Acuity and Useful Field of View in Elderly Drivers. / Negishi, Kazuno; Masui, Sachiko; Mimura, Masaru; Fujita, Yoshio; Tsubota, Kazuo.

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