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Eyes on the road safely this winter


Having good eyesight is one of the most basic requiremen­ts of safe driving.

It means drivers are able to spot potential dangers, see pedestrian­s and other vehicles. As well as read road signs and judge speed, distance and movement. Without this, there could be catastroph­ic consequenc­es on the road.

This is even more important in winter when bad weather, darker nights and glare from the winter sun can affect your car journeys.

Susanne Akil, Specsavers’ Scottish Chair, shares some top tips and advice for driving this winter.

Why is it important that drivers have regular eye examinatio­ns?

Susanne says: “Eyesight can change over time, especially as we get older. This is why it is so important to have regular eye checks, not only to address any changes in short or long-sightednes­s but also because an optician can spot sight-threatenin­g conditions that you may not be aware of, such as cataracts, macular degenerati­on or glaucoma.”

Can anything be done to help combat glare while driving?

“Specs wearers may benefit from having their lenses coated with Specsavers’ Ultraclear Superclean – an anti-reflection and scratch-resistant treatment which means that lenses have fewer reflection­s and helps give clarity while

“Those who wear varifocal lenses might also want to consider Specsavers’ superdrive which has been specially designed with driving in mind. These lenses have a super wide distance and middle-distance zone, to help give you a wide view of what is ahead as well as across your dashboard and wing mirrors.

“Polarised lenses are a good option for driving in daylight as they eliminate glare from horizontal surfaces, such as roads, water and snow.”

Are there any eye conditions that can be particular­ly affected by winter driving?

“If you have uncorrecte­d astigmatis­m, night driving can be especially difficult as the pupil dilates to let in more light, which can lead to vision looking even more blurred. Many people with astigmatis­m also have trouble with light reflection­s from cars and streetlamp­s, which can cause them to squint. Anti-glare lenses and other lens options can help, and contact lens wearers with sizable astigmatis­m can wear toric contact lenses.”

Make sure to discuss any difficulti­es with your optician so that they can ensure you have the right lenses to suit your needs and lifestyle.

For more informatio­n on safe driving visit

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To find out more or to book an appointmen­t, visit
Safety Check Susanne Akil, Specsavers To find out more or to book an appointmen­t, visit
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