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brings increased risk on roads…Vision
Council of America recommends ways to improve sight on the road,
eliminate glare and eye strain
WASHINGTON, /PRNewswire/ -- Did
you know that half of all drivers report compromised vision when
they are behind the wheel after dark? Considering that vision
accounts for 85-90 percent of the information drivers need to be
safe on the road, especially at night, the Vision Council of America
(VCA) encourages everyone to take steps to increase driver safety.
"As the weather begins to
change, glare and reflection from bright sunshine, oncoming
headlights, snow or nighttime traffic become increasingly
hazardous," said optometrist Gregg Ossip. "Driving at dusk
can be particularly challenging because our eyes are
constantly adjusting to the changing level of light, causing
reduced vision and eye strain."
A study conducted by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that more than
half of all drivers experience noticeable glare when driving at
night, and a third of all drivers describe this glare to be
"The good news is that with
regular eye exams you can make sure your vision isn't putting you at
risk on the roads," added Dr. Ossip. "Wearing the proper corrective
lenses at night can help improve your vision; and measures like
anti-reflective lenses can make your prescription glasses even more
effective by eliminating lens glare while driving."
Research shows that older drivers
may have an even harder time seeing in poor light. In fact, a
60-year-old requires 10 times as much light to see clearly as a
19-year-old. A recent report by the National Institutes of Health
found that over four million seniors have an uncorrected visual
impairment; and 2.4 million of them could improve their sight with
simple vision correction.
To improve driver safety, VCA
offers the following tips for enhancing night vision and reducing
* Always wear your prescription eyewear and make sure that your glasses
are clean. Cleaning lenses regularly helps to remove dirt and
fingerprints that can interfere with vision, especially at night.
* Wear anti-reflective (AR) lenses to eliminate lens glare. AR lenses act
to improve vision by increasing the amount of light that reaches the
eye and by reducing harmful glare due to reflections off the back
surfaces of lenses.
* When driving at dusk, turn on your headlights.
* Perform regular maintenance on your vehicle to ensure headlights are
working and windshields and mirrors are clean.
* Get regular comprehensive eye exams from an eyecare professional. Many
serious and progressive eye diseases do not have noticeable symptoms.
An eyecare professional can also ensure that your glasses are in good
condition (i.e. no scratches).
http://www.checkyearly.com/ for more information on protecting
your vision and staying safe behind the wheel.
The Vision Council of America is a
not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to improving America's
vision health through its "Check Yearly. See Clearly." campaign. For
more information on vision care, visit
Vision Council of America