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The older you get, the more challenging night driving becomes

On Behalf of | Dec 26, 2019 | Firm News |

People across the country, including many here in Pennsylvania, do what they can to fight the aging process through natural and other means. They may try to eat right, exercise regularly, undergo cosmetic procedures and more in an attempt to slow the progress of aging. Even so, some aspects of aging exist that can be incredibly difficult to combat.

Your vision is one of those things. As you age, your eyes undergo changes that you may not be able to stop and which can make it a challenge to drive at night.

What happens to the eyes as you age

The following vision changes you could undergo as you age could increase your risk of having an accident:

  • Your corneas become less clear over time, which could increase the amount of glare you see at night. In addition, your ability to identify objects of different brightness decreases due to contrast sensitivity, which would include pedestrians, other vehicles and more.
  • Your pupils shrink, which means that they won’t dilate as much at night so your environment could appear darker at night than it did a decade or two ago. The less light your eyes draw in, the more difficult it is to see at night.
  • As you age, you could experience visual imperfections that glasses or contacts won’t correct, which increases glare at night.
  • Your eyes may perform well in an exam, but that does not mean you will continue to see well at night due to more complex visual tasks and poor lighting.
  • You could experience diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts or glaucoma. Any of these conditions would affect your night vision.

All the lights that help you see better at night could actually increase the amount of glare you experience due to your aging vision. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should stop driving at night just yet. What it does mean is that you will need to concentrate harder in order to avoid obstacles and other situations in which you could end up in an accident.

You may know this, but that doesn’t mean that the older drivers around you will do the same. If you end up suffering injuries in a crash caused by someone with night vision problems, you may have cause to file a personal injury claim, pursuing compensation for your financial losses and other damages associated with the accident.