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Vision Behind the Wheel

Road safety is dependent upon on adequate vision. As a matter of fact, safe driving depends on a number of visual capabilities like the ability to see both near and far ahead, side or peripheral vision, seeing in limited light and color vision, to name a few.

Strong distance vision is crucial because of how it lets you observe the stretch of road ahead and detect any dangerous things that might appear. Most importantly, it gives you more time to respond quickly and avoid any accidents. On the other hand, if you struggle with distance vision then there's a chance you might not see the hazards soon enough.

Distance vision is also directly related to the maintenance of your glasses and windshield, so check that both are really clean and scratch-free which can inhibit your ability to see clearly, specifically when it's dark or sunny.

You also need peripheral or side vision, which allows you to see to the sides of your vehicle, which is important to see other cars, animals and pedestrians without having to look away from the road ahead. Strong peripheral vision is also crucial when switching lanes and turning. Use your rearview and side mirrors. Ensure they're adjusted correctly, to assist your view of the road to your sides and back.

Road safety is also highly dependent on good depth perception. It allows you to measure distances properly in crowded driving conditions, change lanes and pass other cars on the road. Strong depth perception needs proper functioning in both of your eyes. If you've lost visual acuity in one eye, it's essential to check with an optometrist to see whether it is safe for you to get behind the wheel. It may be suggested that you refrain from driving until a solution is found to correct your vision.

Accommodation also comes into use when driving. This is the capability to move your focus from a view ahead to something near, such as from the road to the speedometer. If you're over the age of 45 it's common for you to have increasing difficulty with near vision, and you might need glasses or another corrective device to help you see objects up close. Speak to your eye doctor to talk about the best option.

Don't wait until you renew or get your driver's license to make sure your vision is in check. You don't want to risk your life or the lives of the others on the road! If you think your vision isn't perfect, visit your optometrist, and get a thorough eye exam right away.