We all place a high value on safety when choosing what vehicle we might purchase (ANCAPS ratings), but we don’t always apply the same consideration to the impact of our vision on driving safety – the most important sense we use for making very critical decisions when driving! To drive well we need to see well.
There are obvious indications that vision might be a problem when driving including difficulty reading signs and number plates, or judging the distance or speed of other vehicles. Poor vision can cause uncertainty in decision making, increasing the risk of an accident.
What we don’t often consider are the multiple other areas where vision has an impact on our ability to make safe and accurate decisions including:
- Changing light conditions which reduce visibility
- Glare from oncoming traffic headlights or sunlight
- The need to move our heads to see in mirrors and read our dashboards clearly
- Poor night vision causing a reluctance to drive at night
- Awareness of traffic movements around the vehicle – our peripheral vision
- Fatigue, headaches and double vision
Fortunately there are now a number of new lens designs available to us which will address these issues, offering not only clearer vision but a wider field of view with less distortion and improved peripheral awareness. In addition there are coatings that improve contrast and reduce glare in all light conditions. These specialised driving lenses are available in single vision and multifocal designs in both clear and polarised tints making them a good “all round” option.
If any of these issues are a concern, why not make an appointment to see one of our optometrists or pop in to discuss your options with one of our experienced dispensing staff.