Vision and driving
Do you know whether your sight is really good enough to be driving safely? A recent survey was carried out and concluded that more than eight million drivers do not see sufficiently well enough. The study was carried out in Spain by the Insituto de Varilux (many readers may recognise this name if they have varifocal glasses as this is a very well establish brand).
The study was carried out specifically aimed at vision and the effects on driving. Its aim was to reduce the percentage of drivers, driving with visual impairments or without the correct glasses etc. Many people do not consider that changing their glasses is a priority but when it comes to driving if your sight is not up to the required standard(bearing in mind the medical examination for a drivers licence is usually only carried out every 5 or 10 years until you reach age 70 when the frequency can change and sometimes this is solely because of vision)you are more likely to have an accident or damage your car when parking etc by misjudging other objects due to insufficient clarity in your vision.
Approximately 1,300,000 people die each year in the world as a direct result of car accidents and in Spain this number is around 200,000 that result in either death or very severe life changing injuries. Some of these could have been avoided if the driver’s vision was better (normally with the use of glasses but sometimes an operation is required to rectify sight problems). In less than 5% of these accidents it was found that sight was a factor. If you have bad vision in your daily life and notice the impact it has, you can be sure that when driving this is going to produce even graver risks, not only to you but potentially to other road users too.
Also, 90% of the decisions that are made when driving involve the vision. Therefore, it is essential that we raise awareness about how important the vision is when you are driving. In this survey 29.5% of drivers saw things either blurred or out of focus. Drivers do sometimes not appreciate that with the sharpness of their sight it is easy to calculate safety distances and signs but when vision is blurred this is severely hampered.
It is therefore vitally important for your safety and that of other road users that you pay particular attention to your sight and if things are not sharp and clear visit and optician and see whether you require glasses. This could potentially save lives and/or help to avoid accidents.