Looking to take a scenic road trip this summer? Or maybe even just making the most of the beautiful weather? Before you set out on the road, you should consider how your prescription eyeglasses and/or prescription sunglasses impact  your driving abilities. Today we’ll take a look at some precautions and tips to keep in mind while you’re on the road, and what to do to keep your vision at its best.

Always Wear Your Prescription

If you currently have a prescription (either eyeglasses or sunglasses), it is important that you wear these glasses while driving – even during short drives. While some people without a strong prescription are able to go without, you may find that prescription eyeglasses help with visibility during poor lighting as well as night driving. For convenience, you may want to keep an extra pair of your eyeglasses in your vehicle. This way you will never forget your prescription at home. Just be sure to keep them in a safe and protected place, to avoid warping from heat or potential damages. 

Overcoming Glare & Sunshine

If you find that glare makes driving difficult, you are not alone. This is a problem for many drivers (even those without vision concerns), making things far more dangerous on the road. Luckily, anti-reflective coatings exist and can help eliminate (or at least reduce) any impact glare may have. We suggest that customers of all types consider this option, as it can help keep your eyes happier and healthier – even when not on the road. Sunglasses alone may not be enough to stop sunlight and glare from obstructing your vision, so be sure to keep this option in mind. 

Driving at Night

Night driving is an area of difficulty for many, from those with prescription eyeglasses to those without. The poor lighting, glare of oncoming headlights, and far more make for a difficult and dangerous experience. There are a range of options for improving your visibility, starting with cleaning. Cleaning both your prescription eyeglasses and your windshield allows for an unobstructed view of the road, as dust, dirt, and grime on either can create a hazy effect. Beyond cleaning, dimming dashboard lights will help reduce eyestrain and potential glare (especially for those with eyeglasses). As previously mentioned, anti-reflective options can even help with night driving. Additionally, it is recommended that drivers keep their prescription glasses up-to-date. This will help with any situation, but it can especially make night driving far easier. 

Whether you are in need of an updated set of prescription eyeglasses, or just want to find the right option to make driving a breeze, Gordon Optical is here to find the solution for you. Check out our current collection today!

Sources: WebMD, College of Optometrists


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