We know that vision is the most important sense for making decisions on the road and that uncorrected vision is a contributor to crash risk.^ Road safety starts with good vision, and that means seeing well at all distances, in all conditions.
This lack of awareness around driver safety is concerning for Tamborine Mountain Optometrists. Vision is responsible for around 90% of the information used when driving, even a small change in vision is cause for concern.
But how do you know if you might be at risk? Ask yourself if you experience any of the following:
- Trouble recognising details on road signs or number plates?
- Difficulty judging the distance of oncoming vehicles, particularly at night?
- Trouble seeing clearly in changing light conditions, e.g. from day to dusk, dusk to night?
- Visual sensitivity to oncoming headlights?
- Need to move your head to see in side mirrors or read your dashboard clearly?
- Reluctance to drive at night or in unfamiliar environments?
- Uncertainty and lack of confidence behind the wheel?
Driving and modern-day living go hand in hand. Australians are spending more time in their cars commuting and traffic is ever-increasing. Poor vision is a contributor to road accidents and yet it’s a risk every driver can easily reduce by following the ‘Check Your Vision’ Golden Rule*:
- Get your vision checked regularly by an optometrist
- Protect your eyes from glare
- Wear your glasses when behind the wheel
^Dr. Tj Van Der Berg, 2005, Relevance of glare sensitivity and impairment of visual function among European drivers, European Commission. World Health Organisation raining Manual 2006: Road Traffic Injury Prevention.
*Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), 2017