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On the Road with Good Vision

Proper vision is necessary for safe driving. As a matter of fact, safe driving needs a number of visual capabilities like the ability to see both near and far ahead, peripheral vision, seeing at night and color vision, just to name a few.

Strong distance vision is highly necessary because it allows you to observe the stretch of road in front of you and detect any dangers that might appear. This gives you the opportunity to act fast and stop any mishaps that could take place. Alternatively, if your distance vision is poor you may not be aware of the hazards until it's too late.

Equally as important is peripheral vision, which enables you see to the sides of your car, which is crucial to be aware of other cars, animals and pedestrians without having to look away from the road lying ahead. Strong peripheral vision is also crucial when you're switching lanes and making turns. Maximize use of both your rearview and side mirrors. Ensure they're well-positioned, to enhance your view of the road to your sides and back.

Additionally, good depth perception is important for road safety. It lets you judge distances correctly in crowded driving conditions, change lanes and pass other vehicles. Accurate depth perception requires adequate vision in both eyes. In cases of people that have lost vision in one eye, it's important to consult with an optometrist to determine whether it is safe for you to drive. You may need to refrain from driving until a solution is found to correct your vision.

Near vision focusing or being able to accommodate effectively also keeps you in good stead when driving. If you're unfamiliar with the term accommodating, it is the capability to move your focus from something far to something near, like from the road to the dashboard. If you're over the age of 45 you might have trouble with near vision, and you might need reading glasses or another vision correction solution to see your dashboard. Speak to your optometrist to discuss the best option.

Don't wait until you renew or get your driver's license to have an eye exam. You don't want to risk your life or the lives of other people on the road! If you think your eyesight isn't adequate, see your eye doctor, and have a proper eye exam as soon as you can.