Uncorrected Vision Errors Cause Unseen Threat to Holiday Roadways

Uncorrected Vision Errors Cause Unseen Threat to Holiday Roadways

The Vision Council Urges Driver Safety for Labor Day Travel

Washington, DC (August 26, 2010) - More than 11 million Americans have an uncorrected vision problem impairing their ability to drive and causing unforeseen dangers on the road. As Labor Day weekend approaches The Vision Council encourages drivers to have their vision checked before hitting the road.

Eighty five percent of the information needed for safe driving is visual and given the high incidence of uncorrected vision problems among adults, as well as the nation's aging population, road safety is a significant concern nationwide, said Ed Greene, CEO of The Vision Council. The good news is that this problem has an easy answer. With regular vision care, drivers can prevent poor eye sight from putting themselves and their loved ones at risk on the road.

All aspects of healthy vision, including visual acuity, depth perception and night vision, are critical to driving performance. Visual acuity, or the ability to the see clearly at distances near and far, allows drivers to recognize road signs, highway markings and vehicles entering the roadway. Depth perception helps drivers gauge the distance between road features and other motorists. Additionally, persons driving at night have less light to help illuminate the roadways and must rely on headlights and street lights.

We rely almost entirely on our eyes to drive, especially our peripheral vision, depth perception and focusing skills, said Ed Greene, CEO of The Vision Council. It's important for drivers to have their eyes examined to help detect problems before they put themselves or someone else at risk.

To improve driver safety during this Labor Day weekend, The Vision Council offers the following tips for enhancing vision:

  • Receive regular eye exams by an eye care professional to ensure that your eyes stay healthy and your prescription remains current.
  • Always wear your prescription eyewear and make sure that your eyeglasses are clean. Cleaning lenses regularly helps to remove dirt and fingerprints that can interfere with vision, especially at night.
  • Wear anti-reflective lenses to eliminate lens glare. Anti-reflective lenses act to improve vision by increasing the amount of light that reaches the eye and by reducing harmful glare due to reflections off the back surfaces of lenses.
  • Take breaks when driving long distances. Allowing eyes to relax after intense focus can help reduce eye strain and fatigue.
  • Use sunglasses with UV protection when appropriate.
  • Keep headlights, taillights and windshield (both inside and outside) clean.

For more information about vision and safe driving, please contact Maureen Beddis at (703) 740-9496 or mbeddis@thevisioncouncil.org; or Starla Stiles at (202) 745-5065 or sstiles@gymr.com.

Serving as the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry. We position our members to be successful in a competitive marketplace through education, advocacy, consumer outreach, strategic relationship building and industry forums.