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Some Reasons Why Night Driving Can Be A Problem

May 21, 2015

Are you finding it more difficult to see when driving at night? It never was a problem before, but now you hesitate to venture out at night, especially when your destination is not a familiar one. If it is a rainy or foggy evening and you will be driving with passengers, you become stressed out even before you leave. It doesn’t seem to bother you during the day so much, but once dusk arrives, suddenly your vision is an issue. There are a number of reasons why night driving can be a problem for anyone. Keep reading to find out why this could be happening to you and some available treatments and remedies.

What Happens at Night

When we are driving at dusk or in the evening, our eyes dilate to accommodate the changing light. If we already have some eye issues, our night vision can be compromised by reduced depth perception, the inability to recognize colors clearly, and limited peripheral vision. This results in blurry vision or sometimes glare and starbursts. As a result vision is not clear and crisp.

Astigmatism and Night Driving

A very common eye condition is astigmatism. With this condition the cornea is shaped more like an oval or a football rather than a round shape. This distortion can be the cause of blurry vision at night and even during the day. Astigmatism is not limited to any particular age. There are multiple treatments for correcting astigmatism including special glasses, special contact lenses and LASIK surgery.

Some Age-Related Reasons for Night Driving Problems

There are a number of eye issues which can sneak up on us as we age. They can compromise our vision at night and even during the daytime as well.

  • Cataracts develop as we age and vision begins to appear cloudy or hazy. The clear lens inside our eye begins to turn color and our vision is slowly diminished. Cataract surgery was once considered a big deal, but it is now one of the most commonly performed eye procedures in the world. The surgery is performed on an out-patient basis and patients have the option to choose the kind of replacement lens they want. For someone with night driving problems, the eye care professionals at Clearview Vision Institute can replace the old cloudy lens with a high-resolution intra-ocular lens or IOL. This new lens will improve not only astigmatism but will also provide clear vision in all kinds of light situations including driving at night. Where once cataracts limited everyday activities for many, now post cataract patients can have the ability to enjoy life even more and without limitations.

 

  • Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease associated with diabetes. Patients with diabetes can have multiple vision complications including diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Some of the more serious eye diseases can contribute to your night driving problems. The most significant ways to help prevent and control these eye diseases is to 1) keep your diabetes under control with diet, exercise, and a consistent blood sugar level and 2) have regular comprehensive eye exams to not only diagnose the particular disease at an early stage, but then treat it and keep it under control.

 

Remedies for Night Driving Problems

As already discussed cataract patients can improve their night vision by replacing their cloudy lens with a high-resolution IOL.

Patients with astigmatism may see better at night with certain eye glasses as well as having LASIK surgery. The newest laser vision technology allows the eye professionals at Clearview Vision Institute to detect and correct vision irregularities not normally found in a standard eye exam. Custom Bladeless LASIK will not only treat the common eye conditions like myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, but can also treat higher order aberrations including issues with night driving. No two eyes are the same, (not even your two) so with Custom Bladeless LASIK your eyes will be custom treated to correct your particular eye irregularities including your night driving problems.

Medical Director Dr. Kranemann and his professional staff will evaluate what is causing your problems with night driving and suggest a course of action.

The most important remedy for night vision problems is to visit the eye care specialists at Clearview Vision Institute.  They will diagnose what is causing your night vision problems and suggest a treatment plan to improve your ability to see clearer when the sun goes down. Don’t let night driving be a problem for you any longer.