Difficulty and anxiety when driving at night are more common than you think. Recent research confirms that over half of all drivers have night vision problems or concerns about their night vision.
It is common to struggle with night driving because at night, dim lighting causes the pupil to enlarge, which can cause blurry vision and strain. Annual comprehensive eye exams are recommended to test night vision and determine if your issue can be treated. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are experiencing night vision problems as there are specialized tests they may want to do to evaluate your visual field or contrast sensitivity. Conditions such as cataracts and diabetes can also negatively impact night vision.
A study conducted by Eyecare Trust, a UK organization dedicated to promoting eye health, found that over half of motorists, especially older drivers, have some trouble driving at night:
- 25% have issues focusing
- 43% report blurred vision
- 73% experience discomfort from the glare of oncoming headlights
- 31% don’t drive at night
The Chair of the British Eyecare Trust, Kelly Phalay, says that most motorists past the age of 45 need some vision correction, such as glasses or contacts, to drive safely at night. Anti-reflective coatings can cut down on glare and improve night vision and other advanced digital lens technology can also help. When ordering prescription eyewear, make sure you discuss night vision enhancement options with your optician.
How to Use This Information
So if you are finding it difficult to drive after dark, know that this is a very common problem. Make sure you are getting regular comprehensive eye exams, and if you feel unsafe behind the wheel at night, avoid driving and talk to the experts at Vision Care Specialists to learn about ways to improve your night vision problems. Schedule an appointment today at 303-991-9600 or online.