How to improve your vision for night driving
Many people find it more challenging to drive at night, and it's even harder if you're suffering from poor eyesight. Here’s what an optometrist wants you to know about driving at night and improving your night vision.
Despite less traffic on the road, driving at night has always been more dangerous than driving during the daytime. Data from the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) reveals that a third of all road fatalities and over 300 crashes per year occurred between 8pm and 6am in Victoria, over the five-year period ending December 2021.
For drivers with poor or deteriorating vision, driving after sunset becomes even more challenging, and further heightens the risk of having a car crash.
OPSM Optometrist Elizabeth Kodari says vision deterioration is something that shouldn’t be ignored, as common eye conditions can cause car headlights to become blurry, road signs harder read, and hazards harder to spot.
“People who find it difficult to focus on their driving at night because of increased light exposure should speak to their optometrist. Sometimes, a simple change such as a prescription update is required. Other times, the issue may represent eye health changes including night vision loss,” explains Kodari.
"We’ve seen people neglect eye care during the pandemic, putting off eye tests and ignoring eyesight issues. However, eye checks are probably the most important thing you can do when it comes to catching problems early and doing something about it.”