Night Driving: Staying Safe

Vision Information Chicago, ILAs we age, our eyes change and age with us. If you wear glasses or contacts, you may remember that the need for them came when you were old enough to read the board at school. It’s rare for people to need glasses immediately, when they’re young babies.

Though everyone is different, there are larger trends that can inform us of what to expect as we age, too. When we start to get into our fifties and sixties, we may accept that we need glasses to read dinner menus, especially when the restaurant is dimly lit. And likewise, we may start to become more cautious as we drive at night.

Night Driving and Age

As we age, we develop a greater difficulty seeing at night. Our pupils don’t expand as wide when we’re older, which means that we can’t see as well without even more light than we used to need.

Non-Glare Glasses

Some suggest anti-glare, yellow-tinted glasses for helping you see better while driving at night. While we agree with the anti-glare upgrade, whether yellow-tinted glasses really do help is still up for debate. The idea behind a yellow tint  is that it will help you see things in greater contrast in the dark, but it depends on your preference and how you see best.

Anti-glare coatings on your glasses are highly recommended if you wear your glasses often. The anti-glare coating can be added to your lenses the next time you get new ones, and they can help you see better by minimizing the light effects from street lights and headlights.

Safety

Moving your eyes constantly, checking your mirrors, and staying alert can help you be a better night driver. Practice defensive driving and make sure your headlights are in working order. Last, give your windshield a good clean. You may be surprised at the streaks that kept you from seeing clearly. If you’re still not feeling great about night driving, try to minimize the times you do need to drive at night.

 

If you want to learn more about eye health and your safety, call us today at (847) 677-2794 to schedule a consultation.

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