Simulator-based driving with central field loss


Simulator-based driving with central field loss
MEEI Protocol ID 12-160H
National Clinical Trial (NCT) Number Not applicable
Condition Reduced visual acuity
Principal Investigator Alex Bowers, Ph.D.
Study Design There will be a screening visit to determine eligibility, followed by 1 or 2 sessions in the driving simulator at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear.
Study Objective To evaluate driving skills and the ability of people with reduced visual acuity to detect driving relevant events while driving in the safe environment of a driving simulator.
Who is Eligible Individuals who have reduced visual acuity (either with central field loss or without central field loss).
Subject Enrollment We are currently enrolling individuals with reduced visual acuity. Potential participants will be screened to determine eligibility.
Study Treatment If you agree to participate in this study and meet the selection criteria, you will be asked to drive in a high-tech driving simulator on one or two occasions. The simulator has all the controls of a normal car and provides a realistic driving experience. You will be asked to complete several drives in each session. While you are driving you will press the horn button whenever you see a pedestrian. Each driving session will be about 3 hours. If you use a bioptic telescope you may be asked to drive with your telescope.
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