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A study of glaucoma patients found that compared with control subjects, they were over 3 times more likely to have fallen in the previous year, over 6 times more likely to have been involved in 1 or more motor vehicle collisions in the previous five years, and more likely to have been at fault in the collision.

Haymes, Sharon A., Raymond P. LeBlanc, Marcelo T. Nicolela, Lorraine A. Chiasson, and Balwantray C. Chauhan. Risk of Falls and Motor Vehicle Collisions in Glaucoma. IOVS. 2007; 48(3): 1149-55. http://www.iovs.org/cgi/content/full/48/3/1149

Reference

Title
Risk of Falls and Motor Vehicle Collisions in Glaucoma
Publication
IOVS
Publication Date
2007
Authors
Haymes, Sharon A., Raymond P. LeBlanc, Marcelo T. Nicolela, Lorraine A. Chiasson, and Balwantray C. Chauhan
Volume & Issue
Volume 48, Issue 3
Pages
1149-55
URL
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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