Daylight Savings and your eyes!

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Mark your calendars for an extra hour of sleep!

Daylight Savings Time (DST) ends on November 3rd of this year. Most of us will celebrate the end of daylight savings time because we “fall behind” and get that extra hour of much needed sleep.  It also marks the coming winter months, and it becomes darker earlier in the day. The days seem shorter because the sun sets at an earlier hour, which, for many means driving in the dark.

A driver heavily depends on vision when driving and vision is greatly reduced in the dark. However, darkness affects peripheral vision, depth perception and color recognition too. As you age, in order to see well, more light is required. If you’re tired, at any age, reactions are slowed. Any type of vision impairment affects the ability to function well behind the wheel. Although it can sound straight out of a Sci-Fi movie, many drivers are not even aware they need night vision glasses.

Remember the eye exam for your driver’s license? Much like the vision tests at elementary schools, that is only a screening. Only a full comprehensive eye exam with your optometrist will detect any developing eye issues. Check with your doctor at Woodlands Eye Associates to see if you need special glasses for night driving and for overall eye health concerns.

Along with a full comprehensive eye exam at Woodlands Eye Associates, always keep your headlights and windshield clean. To prevent fatigue when driving at night, keep something to snack on in the car. And, it is always wise to reduce your driving speed at night to prevent an accident.

Night vision impairments, along with many others can be treated by Drs. Kaufman, Wright, Brown or Graham at Woodlands Eye Associates. Call for an appointment at either of our convenient locations in The Woodlands: Medical Plaza Drive 281-367-2020 and Panther Creek 281-367-5335or visit us at https://www.woodlandseye.com

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