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How to Enhance Vision For a Better Driving Experience

By Brandi Goodman 

Low Vision Awareness Month falls in February. One of the many complications that can stem from poor vision is difficulty seeing while driving. To enhance your vision for a better driving experience you need to keep a few things in mind.

Daytime Driving

If you suffer from poor vision, it can already be difficult to see when you drive. A glare from the sun can make it even worse as you attempt to make it down the road. Make sure you're keeping your windshield clean so there is nothing to make a glare when the sun reflects off of it. Gas stations often offer squeegees and soap right near the pump that you can use for free to clear your windows.

It's also important that you use your visor. Vehicles have visors for a reason. When the sun's rays are emitted they can blind your vision and hurt your eyes. Use the visor to help protect yourself and improve your visibility. You will also want to wear sunglasses if you're able. If you need to wear regular glasses as you drive, then get a pair of transition lenses that will darken and protect you from the sunlight but still provide the prescription strength you need to see normally.

Nighttime Driving

Driving at night can be especially difficult if you have poor vision. The bright lights from other vehicles shining at you can make it hard to see and might even hurt your eyes. You might feel yourself straining your eyes to see street signs and find the correct roads to take. You need to be especially careful when driving at night. 

Dim the dashboard lights within your vehicle so you do not have additional brightness distracting you. Avoid looking directly at another car's lights and try to keep your eye on the road rather than the vehicles. You can also get a mirror that can be adjusted so it dims the lights of the cars behind you.

You will want to do more for your eyes than just protect them while driving. Do what you can to strengthen your vision, which will make your eyesight better whether you're in the car or otherwise. Eat vegetables with lots of Vitamin A, K, and C. Keep your eyes protected with sunglasses when you're walking around outside. Wear a hat or visor. Visit your eye doctor regularly. There's lots you can do to improve your vision -- or at least prolong the process of your eyesight deteriorating.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gilbert, Ariz.

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