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Glaucoma May Increase Drivers’ Accident Risk.

HealthDay (11/13, Preidt) reports, “Drivers with vision loss caused by advanced glaucoma had twice as many vehicle crashes as people with normal vision when using a driving simulator,” according to research presented at an ophthalmology meeting. “The findings from the study — which included 36 people with advanced glaucoma and 36 people with normal vision — suggest that people who want to obtain or renew a driving license should have to pass a visual field test to ensure they have adequate peripheral vision, the researchers said.”

Digital Tablets May Help Improve Reading Speed In Low Vision.

HealthDay (11/13, Preidt) reports, “Digital tablets such as iPads and Kindles can boost reading speed in people who have eye diseases that damage their central vision,” according to a study presented at a recent ophthalmology meeting. “Researchers looked at 100 people with this type of vision loss and found that their reading speed increased by at least 42 words per minute when they used the iPad tablet on the 18-point font setting, compared with reading a print book or newspaper,” while “their reading speed increased by an average of 12 words per minute when they used the Kindle tablet set to 18-point font.”

Gene Therapy May Someday Correct Colorblindness.

On the front of its Personal Journal section, the Wall Street Journal (11/6, D1, Beck, Subscription Publication) reports in “Health Journal” that gene therapy may someday help make colorblind people see the colors red and green. In 2009, vision researchers at the University of Washington were able to restore red-green color vision to squirrel monkeys by injecting a missing gene into a virus inserted into the animals’ retinas. The animals still can see the colors red and green today. The piece also points out that red-green colorblindness is the most common kind of colorblindness. This X-chromosome linked colorblindness predominantly affects men. Now, new tools, apps, contact lenses and special eyeglasses can help people with colorblindness recognize certain colors.