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ERIC Number: EJ975718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1040-0435
Driving Performance among Bioptic Telescope Users with Low Vision Two Years after Obtaining Their Driver's License: A Quasi-Experimental Study
Vincent, Claude; Lachance, Jean-Paul; Deaudelin, Isabelle
Assistive Technology, v24 n3 p184-195 2012
This study sought to compare road safety of new drivers with low vision who have followed a specific pilot bioptic training program with other groups of drivers all matched for age and driving experience. A quasi-experimental design was used two years after drivers obtained their license. Drivers were classified in the experimental group (n = 10, they followed a pilot bioptic training program and had license restrictions: weight of the car, requirement of a yearly medical exams, requirement to wear glasses/contacts, use of a bioptic telescope), the comparison group (n = 17, similar license restrictions except the use of a bioptic telescope) and the regional population (n = 1,690, no license restriction). The number of new drivers involved in at least one accident and who committed at least one offense is not greater for users of a bioptic telescope than for drivers of in the other groups. The results of this study indicate that driving with a bioptic telescope does not increase the risk of accidents and offenses, with more scientific evidence than in previous studies, among drivers aged between 25 and 35 who have a congenital visual impairment and who have completed an eight-week pilot bioptic training program. (Contains 2 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada