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Postural stability, gait and visual function in older adults with age-related maculopathy

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This is the author’s version of a work that was submitted/accepted for pub- lication in the following source: Wood, Joanne M., Chaparro, Alex, Lacherez, Philippe F., & Hickson, Louise (2012) Useful field of view predicts driving in the presence of dis- tracters. Optometry and Vision Science, 89(4), pp. 373-381. This file was downloaded from: Notice: Changes introduced as a result of publishing processes such as copy-editing and formatting may not be reflected in this document. For a definitive version of this work, please refer to the published source: Title page Useful Field of View Predicts Driving in the Presence of Distracters Joanne Wood PhD FAAO, 1 Alex Chaparro PhD, 2 Philippe Lacherez PhD, 1 Louise Hickson PhD 3 1 School of Optometry and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia 2 Department of Psychology, Wichita State University, Kansas, USA 3 School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Communication Disability Centre, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia Number of Figures: 3 Number of Tables: 2 Corresponding author and address for reprints: Prof. Joanne M Wood, PhD, School of Optometry, QUT, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane Q 4059, Australia Tel: 61 7 3138 5701 Fax: 61 7 3138 5665 Email: [email protected] Date of resubmission: December 16 th , 2011 ABSTRACT PURPOSE: The Useful Field of View (UFOV ® ) test has been shown to be highly effective in predicting crash risk among older adults. An important question which we examined in this study is whether this association is due to the ability of the UFOV to predict difficulties in attention-demanding driving situations that involve either visual or auditory distracters. METHODS: Participants included 92 community-living adults (mean age 73.6 ± 5.4 yrs; range 65 – 88 years) who

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