Health Tip: Seeing Behind the Wheel

Don't use outdated glasses

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(HealthDay News) -- As you get older, your vision probably will change and you may have difficulty seeing while driving.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers these suggestions for seniors before they get behind the wheel:

  • Keep your glasses prescription current and always wear them when driving. Don't wear glasses with an old prescription, and make sure glasses don't have wide side pieces that may interfere with your vision.
  • Don't wear tinted lenses or sunglasses at night, and don't tint your car windows. If you have trouble seeing in dim light, don't drive at dawn, dusk or during darkness.
  • Make sure car windows, mirrors and headlights are clean, that your car's headlights aim properly, and that your instrument panel is bright and easy to read.
  • Make sure you sit up high in your seat (use a cushion if necessary) and that you can see the road well in front of your car.
  • Get an annual eye exam.

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