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‘Healthy Vision’ radio blog offers advice on night driving

February 17, 2012

When you are behind the wheel of a car, your eyes are constantly on the move – looking at vehicles ahead and to the side, reading road traffic signs, checking your rear view mirrors, and shifting your gaze inside and outside your vehicle in order to check the speedometer, look at your global navigation system, or change a radio station.

During darkness these tasks can become even more difficult for some drivers. On the new edition of Healthy Vision with Dr. Val Jones, two experts join Dr. Val to talk about what happens to your eyes in the dark and how you can take better care of your eyes – and your car  –  to improve your nighttime driving.
 Nearly one of every three drivers on the road (32 percent) say they have difficulty seeing all or most of the time while driving in the dark, according to a nationwide survey of 515 vision-corrected Americans age 18 and over.

More than one-fourth (26 percent) report that they have trouble seeing signs or exits; one-fifth (20 percent) acknowledge difficulty seeing animals or pedestrians, and more than one in five (22 percent) report problems judging distance while driving in the dark.

“Low light levels cause an eye’s pupil to dilate, which can accentuate existing focusing problems and result in blurred vision,” said Cristina Schnider, O.D., senior director, Medical Affairs for Vistakon® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. She advises listeners not to drive with an uncorrected or under-corrected vision problem. “When you don’t see as well, you have to get closer or drive slower, and if you don’t account for that need for extra time or distance, then you are putting yourself and others at risk for accidents and close calls.” 

Free podcasts of Healthy Vision with Dr. Val Jones can be found in the iTunes® Store or on www.blogtalkradio.com/healthyvision and on http://getbetterhealth.com/healthyvision

A link to the show also can be found at www.acuvue.com/healthyvision.

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