Our ability to be able to see clearly when we are driving can certainly change with age. Limited vision is a very common reason that seniors are referred to a vision specialist, must drive with restrictions on their driver’s license, or have their driver privilege revoked. Some age-related vision functions that commonly affect seniors are:
- Not being able to see as clearly as before
- Having more difficulty seeing in the dark
- Being less able to adapt to glare
- Needing more light
- Noticing changes in color perception
- Experiencing a loss of side vision
Effects on Driving Ability:
Age-related vision conditions may cause some of the following problems:
- Bright sunlight or the headlights of oncoming traffic may impede your vision.
- It may become more difficult to distinguish road signs and to gauge oncoming traffic.
- It becomes more difficult to judge distances and speed.
- Assessing right-of-way situations may become more difficult.
- Blurred vision may cause right-of-way problems.
- Your eyes get tired easily making it more difficult to concentrate.
Left-hand turns become difficult.
Steps you can take to ensure safer driving
- Get regular eye exams.
- Limit yourself to daytime driving if you are having trouble seeing at night.
- Add a larger rearview mirror to increase your field of view