Your eyesight is considered the most important of your five senses, so it is critical to take good care of your eyes. Having good eye health is vital for safe driving, and even a slight adjustment in your eyesight affects how well you can see objects in the distance.
What Are The Visual Functions Necessary For Driving?
The visual field and visual acuity is the most critical factor for safe driving. Please check your local laws to find out what your vision regulations are for driving.
Visual Field – is how wide of an area your eye can see when you focus on a central point. According to the Academy of Ophthalmology, the most commonly used in the United States is automated perimetry, where you watch for flashing lights in a unique device.
Visual Acuity – gauges how clearly you can see and measure by reading letters on an eye chart.
Color Vision – helps to identify brake lights and traffic signals.
Conditions That Can Impact Your Eyesight While Driving
Typical age-related eye changes can affect your eyesight and the ability to drive safely, such as dry eye or presbyopia, which may impact your ability to see the navigation system and reduce the quality of your eyesight at night. Other conditions can affect your vision while driving:
Eye Safety Tips For Driving
Your vision is consistently adapting to your surroundings every minute you are driving. Here are a few safety tips to help you improve your driving safety.
Our Goal Is Our Patients Lifelong Eye Health
Changes in your vision may be evident for some, while others have a gradual loss of vision that is less noticeable. Keeping your eye exam appointments with your eye doctor will ensure that you detect vision changes early and treat conditions promptly before they cause irreversible vision loss. No matter your age, if you notice any symptoms such as blurry vision, dark spots in your central or peripheral vision, or difficulty reading street signs in yourself or a loved one, don’t delay in making an appointment TODAY with your eye doctor.
Please Drive Safely and Protect Your Eye Health!
References: American Academy of Ophthalmology The content is researched and vetted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association. This blog provides information and discussion about eye health and related subjects. The content provided on this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be considered medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.