Sunday, September 1, 2013

Slower visual processing speeds in older adults can make them accident prone. How to measure and fix the problem.

We slow down as we age. Part of this slow down is our visual processing speed. But can we get some of our youthful speed back, at least with respect to visual processing? That's an important question because weak visual processing speed can make driving less safe, making older adults prone to car accidents and serious injury, even though they are legal to drive with respect to the aspects of vision that the law is concerned with (the law has not yet caught up to vision science). A new article in the September 2013 issue of the journal Vision Research suggests that visual processing speeds can be improved with the appropriate therapy. Click here to read more about how eye doctors can measure and improve a older adult's "Useful Field of View", and make driving safer.

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Vision Research
Visual Processing SpeedVision Res. 2013 Sep 20;90()52-56, C Owsley

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