How is Your Night Vision?

“Fall Back – Spring Forward” never changes but your night vision may.  What can losing an extra hour of daylight tell us about our night vision? Plenty!

Sure, we gain an extra hour of sleep, but as a result of the time change we’re driving back from work in the dark. And, that can reveal issues with the quality of our night vision.

Common Night Vision Issues

Most drivers have some difficulty with driving at night. Headlights from cars in front, or behind us can be bothersome creating glare symptoms or light sensitivity.

According to a recent survey”1 drivers reported additional night driving issues were:

  • eyestrain (38%)
  • dry or tired eyes (34%)
  • fatigue (25%)
  • an inability to focus (18%)
  • and double or blurred vision (15%)

If you are having difficulty with any of these issues please arrange for a comprehensive eye exam.   This is important and obvious, as driving reaction is dependent on vision.

Comprehensive Eye Exam Determines Best Solution

Many people over the age of 65 feel there is no need to visit their optometrist. Yet, they have the highest incidences of visual impairment among the driving population. Why is this? “A possible reason for this is that older adults might regard vision impairment as a normal part of aging.”2

Another issue that comes with aging is cataracts. Cataracts generally develop in people over the age of 55. They are a cloudy or opaque area in the normally clear lens of the eye according to the American Optometric Association. The good news is a non-invasive laser surgery will remedy common cataract issues.

Here at Giles Eye Care we’ve found most patients just need a new prescription for contact lenses or glasses. In many cases, we’ve found a simple upgrade of anti-reflective coating to their glasses will reduce the glare, halos and reflections of driving at night.

Improve Your Night Driving Vision

Now, let’s talk about some things you can do to your vehicle to improve your night driving vision:

  • Clean the lens cover on your headlights to maximize your night vision
  • Clean your windshield and side windows of built up film
  • Be sure your windshield wipers are shedding rain and mist properly – if they aren’t replace them or clean them with rubbing alcohol

We hope these suggestions help, as safe night driving is important to all of us. Fall Back – Spring Forward never changes but your night vision may.  If you find you’re having night driving issues like glare, halos and reflections call now or contact us and make an appointment today. Be a safe driver.

 

1 http://alerts.nationalsafetycommission.com/2008/09/shedding-light-on-driving-in-dark.php

2 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 20, 2011; vol 60.