Keep the fo­cus on your eye­sight

Middleton Guardian - - MIDDLETON PEOPLE -

OVER time our eye­sight de­te­ri­o­rates and pre­vi­ously strong vi­sion can be­come poor. If eye­sight prob­lems are left un­ad­dressed they can of­ten lead to poor re­ac­tion times to un­ex­pected haz­ards or the be­hav­iour of other road users. This week’s tips give ad­vice on eye­sight when rid­ing and driv­ing, from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards, Richard Glad­man. Get reg­u­lar checks Eye­sight can de­te­ri­o­rate over time with­out you notic­ing. If you are hav­ing to move closer to the tele­vi­sion to read the ti­tles clearly or have no­ticed even a slight de­te­ri­o­ra­tion with your eyes, we rec­om­mend a visit to the op­ti­cian for a check-up; after all we should do this on a reg­u­lar ba­sis (ev­ery two years) any­way and its free for the over 60s. Take a break – eyes get tired too. If you are trav­el­ling for long pe­ri­ods of time you should take a break ev­ery two hours or ev­ery 100 miles, which­ever is sooner. This will re­fresh you and your eyes keep­ing you alert Driv­ing at night can be the most prob­lem­atic area as our eyes age No mat­ter how ea­gleeyed we may think we are, it is a sci­en­tific fact that as we get older our eyes be­come less sen­si­tive to light. Avoid­ing night-time driv­ing is a wise pre­cau­tion if you are start­ing to strug­gle to see clearly after dusk. Keep a pair of sun­glasses in the car in all sea­sons Low sun on a wet road will make you wish you hadn’t packed them away after the sum­mer. Know the law You must be able to read (with glasses or con­tact lenses, if nec­es­sary) a car num­ber plate made after 1 Septem­ber 2001 from 20 me­tres. To find out more in­for­ma­tion on this visit the gov­ern­ment’s driv­ing eye­sight rules page here.

Use this to test your­self, if you strug­gle to read it get checked out straight away. Stay hy­drated Wa­ter is very good in keep­ing you hy­drated and is also good for your eyes. With the added bonus of help­ing you main­tain con­cen­tra­tion while driv­ing and rid­ing.

Richard said: “De­te­ri­o­rat­ing eye­sight can of­ten be a sign of other health prob­lems so a check-up is a good idea. If you do have eye cor­rec­tion pre­scribed for driv­ing make sure you use it, not hav­ing your glasses is a poor ex­cuse when you have had the ac­ci­dent.

“As a lit­tle aside how of­ten do you clean your glasses?”

Eye­sight de­te­ri­o­rates with age

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