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Eye Test Before You Crash Test

Eye Test Before You Crash Test

A safe car is not safe if you don't have safe vision.

As drivers, we are very focused on safety.  It’s a must-have. Whilst we are concerned about our car’s safety features, we often don’t think about the major influential factor in crashes: human error.

Vision is the most important sense for making decisions on the road and uncorrected vision is a contributor to crash risk.^ Road safety requires good vision, and that means seeing well at all distances, in all conditions.

Be aware of signs & symptoms

But how do you know if you might be at risk? Ask yourself if you experience any of the following, when driving:

• Trouble recognising details on road signs or number plates?

• Difficulty judging the distance of oncoming vehicles, particularly at night?

• Trouble seeing cars and roads clearly in changing light conditions, e.g. from day to dusk, dusk to night?

• Visual sensitivity to oncoming headlights?

• Need to move your head to see in vehicle side mirrors or read your dashboard clearly?

• Reluctance to drive at night or in unfamiliar environments?

• Uncertainty and lack of confidence behind the wheel of a car?

• Complaints of headaches, blurred or double vision after you drive?

How can we help?

Today, we have more options and technologies than ever before to help you stay safe on the road. Here are some of the common ways we can help:

• Vision Correction: Wearing glasses or contact lenses can improve your clarity and depth perception while driving, so you can better judge your surroundings.

• Progressive Lenses can improve your vision at every distance, with a smooth transition from reading road signs in the distance to viewing the dashboard in front of you.

• Anti-Reflective Coatings reduce glare, light streaking and distortion from oncoming headlights. This is particularly beneficial for night driving.

• Polarised Sunglasses eliminate distracting and sometimes dangerous ‘horizontal glare’, which is caused by light reflections from surfaces including roads, other cars, and your dashboard.

Feel comfortable driving this year.

To help ensure your safety on the road, book an appointment with us today.

And don’t forget that we can process any private health fund optical extras during your visit.

^Dr. Tj Van Der Berg, 2005, Relevance of glare sensitivity and impairment of visual function among European drivers, European Commission. World Health Organisation Training Manual 2006: Road Traffic Injury Prevention

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