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The Importance of Healthy Vision for Road Safety

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Vision is a blessing that allows us to not only participate in our favorite activities, but also the simple, daily tasks such as driving to work. Imagine you couldn’t see the road signs to direct you to the correct exit, or the speedometer to monitor safe speed. Lack of clear vision while driving is a danger to yourself, other drivers, and even pedestrians.

Unsure if you are capable to get behind the wheel? Consider these statistics before putting yourself or others in danger:

  • Up to 90% of the information needed to make safe decisions while driving comes through your eyes.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 drivers cannot see clearly, despite the fact that 80% of vision impairments can be prevented or treated.
  • Driving just 30 mph with uncorrected vision can require an extra 3 seconds to recognize and read road signs.
  • Around the world, road accidents take an average of 3,700 lives every single day.
  • Fatal car accidents are 2 to 4 times more likely to happen at night.
  • Drivers with unaddressed cataracts are 2.5 times more likely to be involved in an accident.

Safe driving requires many aspects of vision including good visual acuity or clarity, depth perception, peripheral and night vision.

If any of these factors are not working at their best, schedule an eye exam at (559) 486-2000. We want you back on the road safely!