2017-09-11

REGULAR EYESIGHT CHECKS WILL KEEP YOU DRIVING SAFELY FOR LONGER 

We all want to keep our vision as strong as possible, which is why looking after your eyes is so important. In fact, 84% of us value our sight more than any other sense.

However, over time our eyesight can deteriorate so make sure you do all you can to keep it at its best so you can drive safely for longer. If eyesight problems are addressed early and quickly, they can be rectified and you can ensure your reaction times are kept as sharp as ever.

IAM RoadSmart’s Head of Driving & Riding Standard, Richard Gladman, advises:

  • Get regular checks - eyesight can deteriorate over time without you noticing.  If you have 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 every two years anyway.
  • Take a break from driving, eyes get tired.  If you are travelling for long periods, take a break every two hours or every 100 miles to refresh you and your eyes, keeping you alert on the roads.
  • Eyecare can have much wider benefits - a full eye examination can help to monitor the whole body and detect systemic conditions, such as diabetes, raised blood pressure, high cholesterol and brain tumours.
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet - studies show that what we eat can affect our vision. Antioxidants can help to prevent retinal damage so we recommend lots of fruit and veg.
  • Keep a pair of sunglasses in the car in all seasons; low sun on a wet road can make it difficult to see properly. You’ll be glad you didn’t pack them away after the summer.
  • Stay hydrated.  Water is very good for keeping you hydrated and is also good for your eyes, with the added bonus of helping you maintain concentration while driving.