When snow flies and roads begin to resemble skating rinks, the normal challenges to a driver’s vision are joined by a host of other issues that run the gamut from increased glare to decreased visibility. A trip to the eye doctor when glasses need adjustments can save lives in inclement weather.
Winter Storm Driving
Many drivers neglect to replace their eyeglasses during winter months, and this tendency can lead to a lack of awareness of many slowly changing vision issues. A new pair of glasses is nearly always preceded by a trip to the eye doctor, with their attendant suite of vision tests and checks of the eye’s physical state.
The most pressing vision-related winter issue is, perhaps ironically, also the most ignored: changes in light conditions. Winter months in most areas bring a reduction in daylight, leading to many thousands of additional night-driving hours. Aging and changing eyes can become less sensitive to low light conditions, which may require a prescription change.
More driving at night also exacerbates glare related issues such as perceived light trails and flares from bright objects, which can be corrected with anti-glare coated lens materials. Sun glare is also more pronounced in winter, and when combined with snowy landscapes and salt crusted roads, can be truly blinding. Prescription sunglasses or adaptive lens are excellent fixes for these conditions.
Ultimately, the best judge of whether these issues will affect one’s winter driving is a qualified eye doctor. A brief visit and an eye-wear update may make all the difference this winter.