How to Keep Your Pupils Peeled and Healthy While Driving
Driving demands a lot of focus. Your eyes are constantly absorbing images and adjusting to stimulants. Add glaring sun, pouring rain, grey clouds, or night skies, and your vision challenges multiply by 10.
According to The Vision Council, the stresses of driving can put a significant amount of strain on your eyes, which “can reduce your safety and effectiveness while driving.”
To prevent eye strain from driving, start with a good night’s sleep advises the Council, and always don prescription eyewear, if required. Even if you don’t need a prescription, it’s smart to wear shades—a pair that states it provides 100 percent UV protection and has a UV 400 label, advise the experts at Optrex. The Council recommends that passengers wear sunglasses, too, when sitting in a vehicle.
Upgrading to no-glare or polarized lenses in your prescription eyewear or non-prescription sunglasses can help reduce eye strain because the lenses lessen glare from the outside and let an increased amount of light to filter into the eyes.
Air conditioning on high is a sure way to make eyes itchy and dry. The Optrex experts recommend keeping the vents angled away from your face and keep the system on low.
Sometimes the best thing for tired and strained eyes is just to take a break, especially on long-distance journeys, according to the Council.
Keep a water bottle handy on your drive, because staying hydrated can help your concentration, according to the Optrex experts.
A dirty windshield or grimy headlights and taillights will stress even the best eyes, so it’s important to keep these areas clean and free of debris at all times, advises the Council.
Drive time between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. can be especially taxing; the Optrex experts recommend estimating how long your trip will take and to stick to daytime driving hours as much as possible.
Getting regular eye exams will ensure your prescription is accurate and your eye health is protected, adds the Council.