After you pass the milestone age of 40, you might notice your vision has slightly changed. This can impact your daily routine, including driving at night. To protect yourself and your family while you are behind the wheel, you have to assess your ability to drive safely. Also, you must have your eyes checked by your local eye doctor. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Schedule an Eye Exam
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, individuals 40 years of age or older without risk factors of eye disease must undergo eye examinations every two to four years. This may be more frequent if you have been diagnosed with a significant eye condition or visual complaint. If you have diabetes, for instance, you need to have your eyes checked at least once every year.
Ask for Prescription Night Driving Glasses
Inform your optometrist about any problems you experience while on the road at night so you can undergo visual field or contrast sensitivity testing. Depending on the results and your needs, the eye care professional may prescribe you night driving glasses. They come with lenses that reduce glare, halos, and other aberrations that may affect your vision while driving.
Ask About Aspheric Intraocular Lenses
If you are a candidate for cataracts surgery, ask about aspheric intraocular lenses (IOL). Implanted to replace your clouded natural lens during surgery, they are designed to provide better and crisper night vision without the visual disturbances caused by the optical aberrations found in traditional, spherical IOLs.
Follow Expert Advice for Night Driving Safety
Make it a point to plan your trips before you leave home. Drive on roads and streets you are familiar with, steering clear of dark, unlighted roadways. Drive defensively, leaving at least two car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you. Focus on the wheel and the road and refrain from any distractions. When approaching intersections, always exercise caution. Never drive when stressed or tired as well. Do all of these things to minimize the risks associated with night driving.
Count on Nova Vision Center for your eye care needs, from comprehensive eye exams to prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. Give us a call at (703) 578-3600 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Arlington and Alexandria, VA.