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Sometimes, you may see distracting glares from oncoming headlights while driving at night. Depending on your eye condition, this makes it difficult to see what’s ahead of you. You may also find it hard to focus on signs and other objects that are further away from you while driving, which can put you at risk if you don’t follow proper safety precautions. Excel Eyecare OD PA, a trusted expert in corneal reshaping technology, shares their insight.

Eye Conditions That Can Make Night Driving Difficult

  • Glaucoma – This is an eye condition that occurs when fluid builds up in the eye and damages the optic nerve. It reduces peripheral vision, which makes it difficult to see at night. 
  • Myopia – This eye condition makes it difficult to see things that are far away. Also known as nearsightedness, it makes it hard to see in low-light conditions. There’s also a variation of myopia that only occurs at night. 
  • Nyctalopia – Also known as night blindness, it doesn’t mean you’re fully blind at night, but rather you have a harder time seeing in low light conditions. Having this type of eye condition can also indicate a more serious medical condition, so you may want to set an appointment at your local vision therapy center to have them checked.

How to Drive Safely During Nighttime

When driving at night, make sure to drive defensively. That means leaving at least two car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you. You may also need to leave more space when driving fast or during bad weather. You should also keep your car clean and in good condition as well to ensure the brakes, power steering, and automatic transmission won’t fail or give you a hard time when driving at night.

As a trusted specialist in LASIK eye surgery, our eye care services at Excel Eyecare OD PA are second to none. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (980) 399-6071 or fill out our online contact form