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Failing to attend regular eye checks could affect driving behaviour on the road, or worse still lead to an accident so it is important to keep on top of your eye sight and be aware of any changes to your sight.
Below are some keep points regarding to eyesight and driving:
Make regular checks
Just like a car requires regularly checks, so do you eyes. Remember to book regular check-ups, perhaps around the time you are getting your car serviced, to make sure your eyes have not deteriorated without you noticing. Signs that your eyesight might not be up to scratch include, having to move closer to watch the television, or finding objects in the distance are blurred.
Take a break
Remember to take regular breaks, particularly if you’re driving long distances. Eyes can get tired too and if you’re travelling long distances you should take a break every 2 hours or 100 miles to allow your eyes to rest and refresh themselves, which in turn will help to keep you alert on the road.
Avoid the night
Driving at night will become increasingly harder the older you get. Over a period of time, our eyes will age and can become less sensitive to light, no matter how well we could see before. The best solution to eye deterioration is to avoid driving at night altogether, particularly if you’re struggling to see clearly after dusk.
Store your sunglasses
Always keep a pair of sunglasses stored somewhere safe in your car, even in winter. Low sun on a wet road can cause a glare and you’ll need your glasses to tackle the roads in these types of conditions whatever age you are.
Check it’s legal
Know the law for the eye sight requirements needed for driving. The law states that you must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres. To find out more information on this visit the government’s driving eyesight rules page here. If you do the test yourself and struggle to read it, book an eye appointment to get checked straight away.
Keep well hydrated
Water is a great source of rehydration, and very good for your eyes. Eyes can get tired and sore in cars, particularly if the air conditioning is on for long periods of time. Keeping your body hydrated will help with the condition of your eyes and help you to maintain concentration while driving.