Effects of Astigmatism on Your Driving Performance

effect of astigmatism on driving

Astigmatism is a common eye condition that occurs when the cornea is irregularly shaped. An irregularly shaped lens or cornea obstructs the light that should focus correctly on the retina.

The condition worsens at night or in low light conditions since the pupil dilates in need of more light. If you have astigmatism and wear toric lenses, you may still experience poor vision at night. Halos and glare are common amongst night drivers who have astigmatism. Toric lenses are designed for people with either astigmatism and help correct the degree of astigmatism for a clear vision. To correct your vision properly, Toric lenses should be placed in a pre-decided position on your eye, and it is important that they do not rotate on your eye, but they frequently do. This results in poor vision. Glasses create glare especially in the areas with artificial lighting after dark.

Tips for Drivers with Astigmatism

  1. Get Your Vision Corrected
    Getting your vision corrected is important since most critical decisions made by drivers are based on sight. A lot of drivers aren’t aware of the relationship between good vision and good driving, especially if you drive at night. Figure out what works best for you. Get glasses and Toric lenss and get used to them when you’re not driving.
  2. Wear Anti-Reflector Glasses
    If you wear glasses, switch to anti-reflector glasses when you’re diagnosed with astigmatism since they are much less likely to intensify glare than other corrective lenses. They can also help cut down on poor vision in low light helping you drive at night.
  3. Use Contact Moisturizing Drops
    Having to deal with painful, irritated eyes while driving can not only be annoying, but also dangerous. Toric lenses for astigmatism often result in dry eyes. Driving at night can also result in a glare that reflects off the dry, irregular surface of the cornea. If you wear contact lenses to correct astigmatism, make use of contact moisturizing drops to prevent drying of your Toric lenses.
  4. Lasik Eye Surgery
    Lasik eye surgery is the permanent solution to the common annoyances of dealing with corrective lenses when you have astigmatism. With a quick recovery rate, a Lasik eye surgery can save you money on annual costs of glasses and contact lenses. And more importantly, it will help you with better vision to allow you to drive safely.

If you’re looking for an experienced Ophthalmologist in Fresno, because you’re tired of driving with astigmatism, contact Insight Vision Center today for your Lasik evaluation and get one step closer to saying goodbye to night vision problems and blurry vision for good.

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