Are there illnesses or conditions that can affect my driving?
One of the reasons why regular eye tests are so important is to ensure the safety of yourself and others - especially when driving. There are many illnesses and conditions that can affect your vision while you are driving, but with prompt diagnosis from your optometrist and the correct treatment, you can return safely to the roads.
Changes in vision
Your vision can change at any time or at any age. If you are having trouble reading road signs, seeing clearly at night, gauging depth perception or identifying objects in the distance, book an appointment for your eyes to be tested. Your optometrist can identify whether you need corrective lenses, or any other issues that may affect your vision.
As you age, you may find that your peripheral vision - what you can see to the side while you are looking straight ahead - begins to deteriorate. This is part of the natural ageing process, but can also be symptomatic of other, more serious, vision conditions. Regular visits to your optometrist can help you take the appropriate steps to remain safe on the road. Other age-related changes related to your driving can include slower reaction times or a shortened attention span. Being self-aware and adjusting your habits can help to protect everyone's safety on the road. Cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Occasionally, changes in your vision are caused by more serious problems. The earlier you can get a correct diagnosis, the better - especially when it comes to cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration. The right treatment - which can include medicated eye drops or, in some cases, a corrective surgical procedure - will help to preserve your vision and ensure your safety while you are behind the wheel.