Importance of Having Good Eyesight for Driving

By: Amuro Wesley


If you have a car, you will find getting from one place to another to be much easier and faster than taking public transport. But in order to drive carefully and safely, you need to have a good eyesight. Otherwise you will be a danger not just to everybody but yourself as well.

While day driving has its disadvantages from overwhelming sunlight, so does night driving in dark and dimly lit places. If it rains, things will get worse. Other than windscreen, you need special visual attention and focus due to water, glare of lights or total darkness. When the night falls, even the best sighted drivers can become short-sighted due to eye pupils’ dilation.

Some have less peripheral vision. All of those attributes to physical and mental fatigue owing to a hard day’s work. Therefore it is not surprising to know that lesser people drive at night than those driving in the day for safety reasons and precautions.

With that said, how exactly should we protect our eyes from intense light and darkness?

First of all, you need to wear sunglasses or sunslades be they prescriptive or non-prescriptive. Other than protecting your eyes from harmful AVA or UVB rays, they include anti-reflective coating to prevent light from penetrating your eyes. The dark colour also assists in improving the visibility of contrast and depth perception. This in turn ensures sharper visuals, less haze and all round clarity.

For people already wearing sunglasses and sunslades but unable to exchange their normal prescription glasses for slades, they can have photochromic lenses fitted into their specs flames. These lenses play an even better role than slades by converting from dark outdoors into normal lenses indoors.

Before buying, you need to make sure that they are coated with the appropriate anti-glare protection. Feel free to ask the person who is selling this more on this if you need to.

If you just have an eye surgery, you need to be extra vigilant while driving as you could have post effects especially at night. The best way to solve this problem is to refrain from driving for 2 to 4 weeks until you have fully recovered.

For those who are already putting on prescription glasses, a more through eye examination is required to access whether they are suitable for driving. If those glasses are not suitable, they may have to substitute with new eyeglasses with anti-glare protection coat or placebo lenses.

Though those are more expensive, it is still worth investing as this concerns the safety of you and everyone on the road. Your life and others are much worth more than the price of eyeglasses.

This is all I have to say about the importance of having good eyesight for driving.

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