Ever turned down an invitation because you didn’t want to drive at night? Is the glare from oncoming headlights distracting? You’re not alone. Our vision changes as we get older, especially in our 50s and 60s. Here’s
some tips to help with night vision and keep you doing the things you love.
Aging causes our pupils to get progressively smaller so they don't dilate as quickly. Smaller pupils mean less light reaches your retina and that makes it increasingly more difficult to see easily at
This is known as night blindness, a condition that makes it hard for your eyes to adjust from bright to dim light. And that makes night driving in your 50's, 60's and beyond particularly stressful.
Make an eye exam appointment if you experience anything on this list. Using Clarifye and its comprehensive assessment tools, your eye doctor can uncover and address differences in your day and night vision which can mean
fewer star bursts and halos around lights and more confident night driving for you.
5 Signs of Night Driving Issues:
Not being able to see road signs clearly.
Inability to judge distance and speed.
Struggling to read car instruments, GPS screens or maps.
Difficulty adapting to glare from headlights.
Experiencing a loss of side vision.
ANTI-REFLECTIVE LENSES AND OTHER TIPS
Your eye doctor may prescribe special night driving glasses with an anti-reflective coating. AR coating helps reduce glare, sharpen vision, and help you see better on the road at night. Lenses developed with wavefront
diagnostic technology can also reduce halos, star bursts, glare, and other visual distractions.
5 Tips to Keep You Safe While Driving at Night:
Keep your windshields clean.
Watch your speed so you don’t ‘outrun’ your headlights.
Allow extra time when driving an unfamiliar route.
Renew your driving skills with a refresher course.
Although night vision gets weaker as we age, try not to worry. Think of it as you did when you realized glasses were a must-have to read a menu or text message. See more clearly during your night driving with a new pair
of anti-reflective glasses to deal with the changes that naturally happen with aging.