The weather is getting colder, and snow is starting to fall! While kids may look forward to building a snowman or having a snowball fight, many adults dread navigating snowy, icy winter roads. Driving in the snow can be difficult, and cataracts, contacts, or glasses can make it even trickier. It should go without saying that you and everyone else in the car should buckle seat belts, especially when traveling in winter weather. Learn more about how driving in the snow can affect your eyes and what you can do to make your daily drive safer.
Too many people put away their sunglasses once summer ends. However, winter is one of the most important times to continue wearing this protection. UV exposure can increase your likelihood of macular degeneration, corneal sunburn, and early cataract development. And, the sun can reflect off of snow and ice, leading to uncomfortable or dangerous glare. Wear polarized sunglasses and choose 99-100% UVA/UVB protection. If you wear prescription glasses, schedule an appointment at Better Vision New Jersey to see what prescription sunglasses or transition lens options are available to you.
Snowstorms can create cloudy, low-lit situations that become dangerous quickly, especially if your vision is compromised. People with cataracts may experience increased glare and sensitivity from lights, as well as dim and blurry vision. As a result, driving through bright snow or hazy storms can be even more dangerous.
Some eye conditions like cataracts or Keratoconus can impair depth perception. If the roads are slick, make sure you have enough following distance behind any cars in front of you. Wear your sunglasses, and if it’s too bright or dim to drive, wait for better conditions. If you are suffering from cataracts, contact the cataract surgery experts at Better Vision New Jersey for a consultation to discuss your options.
For glasses-wearers, clean your lenses at least once a day, so smudges don’t impair driving. Keep on hand a clean, lint-free cloth to wipe glasses when they fog up. To fight off the cold, many drivers crank up their car heaters. While it may feel good on your skin, for contact-wearers and people with chronic dry eye, this can exacerbate dry eye symptoms. Turn down the heaters in your car to prevent dry eyes while driving. If dry winter winds are creating consistent dry eye discomfort, schedule an appointment with us.
Remember, if your vision is actively impaired while driving, stay off the road to protect yourself and your loved ones. The safety of everyone on the road is most important.
To address any vision problems due to cataracts, contacts, glasses, dry eye, or more, schedule an appointment with our team. We look forward to helping you see clearly and drive safely!