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Aging Eyes, Lax Laws Mean Increased Night Driving Risk, says

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- As the Baby Boomer generation moves into their 60s, record numbers of active yet aging motorists will soon be on our nation's roads. Decreased night vision caused by aging, combined with little or no regulation to ensure that individuals with driver's licenses can see well, means that roads will be less safe in the years to come - especially for aging motorists, and also for those who share the road with them.

"Night Vision and Driving: How Safe Are Older Drivers?" (, a new article, describes the physiological factors and eye diseases that can lead to decreased visual performance and increased risk of injury or death from motor vehicle accidents. The article includes a summary of sight-threatening eye diseases and their symptoms that affect nighttime driving.

The article also contains a list of each state's vision screening requirements for license renewal. Some are incredibly lax; in fact, nine U.S. states don't even require vision screening at license renewal time.

An accompanying article, "What Older Drivers Can Do to Improve Night Vision and Highway Safety" (, offers advice to older drivers on how to improve night vision and driving safety. It includes expert advice from the National Institute on Aging of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

These articles are part of's Over 40 section (, which offers guidance for coping with presbyopia - the age-related, decreased ability to focus on near points - with eyeglasses, contact lenses, reading glasses, and surgery.

Online since January 2000, provides consumers with hundreds of pages of comprehensive, up-to-date information on eye health and vision correction options. The site is accredited by the Health on the Net Foundation.'s most popular sections are:

* Eyeglasses:

* Contact Lenses:

* LASIK & Vision Surgery:

* Eye Conditions & Diseases:

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Date:Jun 25, 2007
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