NIGHT DRIVING AND CATARACTS by Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
One of the first questions we ask our patients when we see developing cataracts is about night driving. It has long been known that the vision changes from cataracts make it harder to see at night due to glare and halos around headlights. A new study also indicates that cataracts impair a driver's ability to see pedestrians at night.
The May 2012 edition of Investigative Ophthalmology, a well respected medical journal, reported on a driving simulation study where young adults were given glasses that mimicked cataract vision. Their vision was still at the level that would allow night driving in most states (20/40 on the eye chart) but their ability to see pedestrians was significantly impaired under night driving conditions.
Cataracts develop slowly, so often patients are not aware of the vision problem. It is only after surgery that they realize how good their vision can be. That is why a complete eye examination is suggested every one to two years to be sure there are no significant cataracts that could put the patient or others in danger while driving, especially at night.
Cataract surgery is generally a 10 to 15 minute procedure without the need for shots, patches or stitches. Do yourself and your neighbors a favor and schedule your comprehensive eye examination today. Besides cataracts, we also evaluate you for other eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and dry eyes along with checking your glasses prescription to optimize your vision. See you soon!
Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician and Surgeon) practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals. They have two offices in Ozaukee County, in Mequon & Saukville. Both easily accessible from Highway 43.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com