Author reply to Technical comment

Reply to: Technical Comment on “Saccadic eye movement performance as an indicator of driving ability in elderly drivers”

Kai-Uwe Schmitt, Rolf Seeger, Hartmut Fischer, Christian Lanz, Markus Muser, Felix Walz, Urs Schwarz

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4414/smw.2015.14195
Publication Date: 27.10.2015
Swiss Med Wkly. 2015;145:w14195

With regard to the letter by Vaucher et al., it should be stressed that neither the premise of our study nor our conclusions are reflected correctly in this comment. As described in our paper, it is not intended to use solely a saccadic eye test to make a final decision on the ability to drive. However, our study indicates that such a test can be helpful as a screening tool, i.e. as a first step determinant to pre-select individuals who are likely to perform poorly as a driver and thus need a more detailed assessment. Given the high number of examinations that can be expected owing to our aging population, we believe that efficient and reliable test procedures are necessary to assess the ability to drive.

Kai-Uwe Schmitta,b, Rolf Seegerc, Hartmut Fischerb, Christian Lanzb, Markus Muserb, Felix Walzb, Urs Schwarzd

a University and ETH Zurich, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Switzerland
b Arbeitsgruppe für Unfallmechanik (AGU Zürich), Zurich, Switzerland
c University of Zurich, Institute for Legal Medicine, Division Traffic Medicine, Switzerland
d University Hospital Zurich, Department of Neurology, Switzerland

 

Correspondence: Kai-Uwe Schmitt, PhD, University and ETH Zurich, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Gloriastrasse 35, CH-8092 Zürich, Switzerland, Schmitt[at]ethz.ch

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Letter to the Editor:http://www.smw.ch/content/smw-2015-14194/