BLOG: Driving in the Sun

There’s nothing better than waking up and seeing a clear, blue sky. Once you get into the car though, those kinds of conditions can become a hazard. A glaring sun, seen most often when the sun is low just after sunrise or before sunset, can blind your view and obscure hazards that might be on the road.

Remember to slow down in that situation, and try to block the glare by using your sun visor and keeping your windscreen clean.

As well as creating difficulty in your ability to see, the glare can also damage the overall health of your eyes. While looking at reflected light is not as dangerous as looking straight at the sun, it’s still possible that this light can lead to physical injury of your eye.

Polarized sunglasses are an ideal aid to reduce glare and make it easier to see the road. With a filter preventing reflected light from entering the eye, they make images appear sharper and clearer. This should also make vision more comfortable, easing potential frustration when driving.

Remember that as well as keeping your windscreen clean, regular cleaning of your sunglasses also helps to make sure you can see effectively. Smudges picked up from sun cream, and general dirt from your fingers and face can obscure your vision – so hold onto that microfiber cloth!

Make sure to be mindful too of potential dry eyes. Driving involves intense concentration on the road which can cause us to blink less, leading to tear evaporation and drying out of the eyes.

In hot weather we all like to crank up the air conditioning, but if blowing straight into the driver’s face, this can also dry out their eyes. Fix this by tilting the vents downwards – your eyes will thank you later!

By making the proper adjustments you can minimize the risks that come with suboptimal sub-perfect visual conditions.

Remember that if you’re still finding your eyes are dry, speak to your optometrist – our experts are able to offer extensive advice over the phone. Right now, we’re providing virtual eye care services to our patients, and are happy to discuss problems like these. Email us, call or book a telephone appointment.