As people age, they can experience drastic changes in their vision. These changes can come in many different forms, from increased difficulty seeing people and objects to more serious issues like glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration.
For seniors, trouble seeing is a struggle in and of itself, but it can also lead to a great deal of difficulty in many other activities and driving is no exception. Difficulty seeing or reading traffic signs, glare from headlights and the sun or even difficulty recognizing places can all pose serious threats to both senior drivers and everyone else on the road resulting in avoidable car accidents.
The best course of action for seniors is to be proactive in looking after their eyesight. If individuals are over the age of 65, here are a few tips to keep them safe behind the wheel:
- Seniors should regularly see an eye doctor at least every one to two years.
- Seniors should not hesitate to ask their doctors if there are ways they can improve their eyesight, be it by way of improved corrective lenses or surgery.
- An updated prescription is a must and always wearing corrective lenses while driving if necessary.
- When the sun shines in their line of sight, seniors should stop driving at dusk or dawn.
- Senior drivers should reduce, or even cease, their time on the road at night if they have difficulty seeing in the dark.
It’s imperative to take changes in vision seriously and understand the steps needed to prevent any risks caused by those changes. If their vision has been degrading to the point that they can under no circumstances drive safely, it may be best for them to hand over the keys, stop driving and even seek outside assistance for their day-to-day lives.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident involving an elderly driver, or if an elderly loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of their nursing home facility or other outside assistance, please contact us online, call the law offices of Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678, or live chat at hupy.com to discuss further action.