Healthy eyes can aid safe driv­ing

Middleton Guardian - - WILDLIFE -

HERE are some eye­sight and driv­ing tips for Na­tional Eye Health Week:

This week is Na­tional Eye Health Week so we’ve put to­gether some top tips to help keep you safe on the road.

Richard Glad­man, IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards pro­vides ad­vice on eye­sight and driv­ing.

Book reg­u­lar check­ups: 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; this should be done on a reg­u­lar ba­sis (ev­ery two years) and it’s 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 ea­gle-eyed 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 Septem­ber 1, 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 a crash. And how of­ten do you clean your glasses? Even a pris­tine wind­screen will seem dirty if the lenses are cov­ered in fin­ger­prints.”

En­sure your eye­sight is in good health for safe and fun driv­ing

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