Although seniors may try to maintain their independence as much as possible, it can become difficult when they're saddled with vision loss. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in seniors. Due to the disease, older adults may suddenly find that they're no longer able to drive.
However, a new study out of Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests that receiving monthly injections of ranibizumab could improve eye chart test results, building on a driver's confidence and allowing them to drive for longer if they're affected with wet AMD.
"Driving is an important measure of independence and quality of life for many people in the United States. Participants with wet AMD in our study perceived that they were not driving because of their diminished eyesight," said senior author, Dr. Neil M. Bressler. "Our study, believed to be the first of its kind to look at whether outcomes relevant to driving improve with treatment, suggests that monthly injections of ranibizumab may be an extremely helpful option in allowing the elderly to continue driving."
According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 1.75 million Americans are affected by AMD, which could cause them to need the help of a home health care provider to assist them around the house.
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