Diabetes is a metabolic disease that can cause complications that impair driving both short and long term. Diabetes can cause your blood sugar to be too high or too low. The fluctuation of blood sugar can cause you to be sleepy, confused, experience changes in vision and even cause you to lose consciousness or have a seizure. You should not drive if you experience the above symptoms. Be sure to follow up with your physician for medical management.
Long term complications that can affect driving:
- Nerve damage in your feet causing deficits in sensation (peripheral neuropathy)
- Changes in vision including, floaters, blurriness, dark areas in your visual field (diabetic retinopathy)
If any of the above symptoms are affecting your ability to drive your vehicle, be sure to have a conversation with your physician about possible treatments and a potential referral to see a driving rehab specialist. Auto adaptive equipment and/or techniques may be recommended to increase function and safety.
At the Driver Rehabilitation Center of Excellence, our mission is to provide you with the highest quality individualized services, so that together we will find the best solution to meet your unique driving and community mobility needs. Our goal is to maximize your independence allowing you to reach your greatest potential.
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