Testing driving ability

UI driving simulator to help test new artificial lens for cataract patients

A miniature version of the University of Iowa’s advanced driving simulator will participate in a clinical trial later this year to assess a patient’s driving ability after cataract surgery. The trial will help determine if a newly developed artificial lens will be approved for sale in the United States. The lens replaces the patient’s natural, cataract-ravaged lens during surgery, and the trial will determine if it sufficiently reduces visual distractions caused by headlights when driving at night. That headlight glare is especially problematic for cataract patients because the artificial lens they receive during surgery can often cause them to see haloes around oncoming headlights, a phenomenon called halation. ….[READ]

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