Road safety starts with good vision

Road safety starts with good vision

Can you believe we are almost at the end of 2019?

Only one month away from your very well-deserved December holiday. Every year the excitement and happiness are tainted by the number of road accidents, leading to death and disability.

This year include “Check my Vision” on your holiday check list.

Road safety starts with good vision. It is the most important sense to take decisions on the road. And 80% of all visual impairments can be prevented or cured.

Why is Your Vision Important in Driving?

90% of driver information is visual. The ability to have good vision is a vital part of driver fitness. A recent study has shown that 1 in every 5 drivers suffers from a vision defect that can affect their driving performance. This is particularly disconcerting as 90% of all critical decisions that drivers make are based on sight.

Having good vision is essential for safe driving and even a slight compromise in your vision affects not only how well you can see objects in the distance, but will negatively affect your reaction time, depth perception, peripheral vision and night time vision.

Warning Signs
– Headaches when driving
– Blurred road signs
– Unsure night vision
– Difficulty judging distance
– Intolerant to glare or light
– Fluctuating Vision
– Scratched spectacle lenses
– Slower reaction time

If you experience any of the above signs, visit your Optometrist at World of Vision at least 2 weeks before your planned holiday.  This will give us enough time to assess your vision and prepare spectacles before you leave. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Driving Tips

  1. If you have trouble seeing in low light, consult your Optometrist to identify any vision problems. You may be a candidate for prescription night-driving glasses, even if you don’t wear glasses during the day.
  2. Ask your eye care professional for glasses with anti-reflective coating which reduce sun or headlight glare, giving you sharper driving vision.
  3. If you suffer from dry-eye syndrome, treat it immediately. This eye condition will cause you to experience light scatter.
  4. Keep your car in sound working condition to eliminate interference with good driving vision. Clean your headlights, windows and mirrors before driving at night. Use your window defoggers in bad weather. Drive slowly and turn on your high-beam headlights in dark areas when there is no danger of interfering with other drivers’ vision.
  5. Contact lenses provide you with a natural and unobstructed view of the road along with fewer distortions to enhance your seeing and driving ability.

Don’t risk you and your families and other road user’s safety, book your appointment today!

Remember, you might still have medical aid Optical benefits for 2019.  If you don’t use it wisely, you might miss out.

Why you should see your optometrist before the end of the year

Why you should see your optometrist before the end of the year

The end of the year is fast approaching, and for some people, that means getting their eyes tested. For others, that’s not the first thing that comes to mind during your busy holiday season.

Here are a few reasons why an eye exam should be at the top of your to-do list this festive season.

Optical medical-aid benefits
If you have not yet made use of your optical medical-aid benefits, now is a good time to do so. Many Medical Aid or health insurance plan benefits are set to expire at the end of the calendar year, so if you haven’t used your optical medical-aid benefits, getting an eye exam is a great way to make sure the money doesn’t go to waste.

Summer Time
Summer weather is here and that means more than just beach holidays and quality time outdoors. For your eyes, it also means seasonal hazards such as irritation from exposure to UV, or dry eye due to air-conditioning. Having an eye test can help prevent problems before they begin.

Festive Stress
The festive season can be an extremely stressful time of the year, and many people may experience an increase in headaches or other stress-related health problems. Your eyes can be a contributing factor. The harsher sunlight during the summer months means your eyes are put under extra strain thanks to an increased glare and exposure. Not to mention all those blinking, twinkling holiday lights challenging your night vision. Your optometrist can help formulate a plan to reduce the strain on your eyes – which can even reduce the stress of the holidays.

Old Year’s Resolutions
If there’s one thing the holiday season is good for, it’s giving us a legitimate reason to procrastinate. It’s so busy, right? We can just get our eyes checked next year. But the truth is, the New Year is going to be just as busy as the old.

So, make an appointment with your Optometrist at World of Vision today and ring in the new year with great vision.