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How will my eyesight affect my ability to drive as I get older?

If you are over 60 then you should have your eyes tested once a year to ensure that deteriorating eyesight isn’t affecting your ability to drive. Follow these steps to ensure your safety while driving isn’t affected:
  • Have your eyes examined annually. If you have an eye condition like presbyopia then you will need to get your eyes tested more regularly to help maintain your optimum eyesight.
  • Consider wearing special eyewear. If you find yourself more prone to glare then you should consider wearing glasses with anti-reflective coatings. Your optician will be able to advise if this is a suitable option for you.
  • Reduce your speed when driving at night. As we age our pupils get smaller and don’t dilate as well in the dark. As a result, much less ambient light reaches your eye. You should drive slowly at night to compensate for this vision loss.
  • Get the best care for age related disease. If you have diabetes then you should get your eyes examined at least once a year and closely monitor your doctor’s recommendations to reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy.
Practicing good habits and having regular comprehensive eye exams will help keep you safer while driving as you age.

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