Keep an eye on your eyesight
Our eyesight can deteriorate over time and previously clear vision can become poor. If eyesight issues are ignored they can lead to reduced reaction times to unanticipated dangers. So, we, at Perrys, thought we’d offer you some tips regarding eyesight and driving.
Get routine check-ups. Eyesight can decline over time without you realising. If you’re having to move nearer to the TV to see things clearly, or you’ve noticed a minor deterioration in your vision, a visit to the optician for a check-up is a must. We should all do this every couple of years anyway, and eyesight checks are free of charge for people over 60.
Take a break; eyes get weary too. If you are travelling for extended periods of time you should take a rest-break every couple of hours or every 100 miles, whichever comes sooner. This will rejuvenate you and your eyes, keeping you on the ball.
Driving after the sun goes down can be the most challenging time as our eyes grow older. No matter how sharp-sighted we may think we are, it is a fact that as we age our eyes become less sensitive to light. Steering clear of night time driving is an astute precaution if you’re finding it hard seeing lucidly after dusk.
Keep some sunglasses in your vehicle in all seasons; low sun on a reflective wet road will make you regret putting them away after the summer.
5. Know the Law
Be aware of the law. You must be able to read (with spectacles or contact lenses, if required) a car registration plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres. For more information on this, check out the government’s driving eyesight policies page here.
6. Test Yourself
Use this to check yourself; if you strain to read a number plate from the required distance, visit the optician’s immediately.
7. Stay Hydrated
Keep hydrated by drinking water. It’s also great for your eyes, with the bonus of helping you retain concentration while motoring.
Perrys’ motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, commented: “Declining eyesight can be a sign of other health issues, so a visit to the optician’s is a good idea. If you do have glasses or contact lenses prescribed for driving, ensure you wear them. Not having your specs in the car is a lame excuse after you have had the crash. As a little digression, how often do you keep your glasses clean? Even a spotless windscreen will seem grubby if the lenses of your specs are smeared with fingerprints.”