Some people find it harder to drive at night due to reduced low light vision. This issue is more common in older individuals. You may need at least twice the light to see clearly at 50 than when you were younger. The older you get, the more susceptible you are to developing eye conditions, such as cataracts, making night driving difficult.
Expert Tips for Safe Night Driving
Dirty windshields can make it difficult to see while driving, so make sure you clean them regularly. It’s the same for your headlights because dirt can make them look dimmer. Before driving, clean your eyeglasses first using a microfiber cloth to ensure they are as clear as possible.
Another thing that could help is to dim your dashboard lights as it reduces eye strain and helps you see more comfortably at night. Only drive when you have had enough rest, and take more caution during rush hour traffic at night. Never drive when you have consumed alcohol, and drive slower in the evening.
Get Regular Eye Exams
People usually visit an eye specialist when they feel like they need new eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, regular eye checks go a long way in keeping your eyes as healthy as possible. They help in detecting early signs of various vision-loss-related conditions, such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
Do let your eye doctors know if you are experiencing changes in your vision or having difficulty driving at night. They may suggest you go through special tests, such as visual field or contrast sensitivity assessments. You will need to see your eye specialist at least once a year if you have diabetes. To reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, manage your blood sugar levels, eat a healthy diet, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
At Guilford Eye Center, we are here to assist with your family’s eye care needs. We offer a wide range of services, including eye exams, LipiFlow® treatment and more! Give us a call at (336) 292-4516, or fill out our contact form to make an appointment. We cater to patients in High Point, NC, and nearby areas.