6 Driving Behaviors that Signal an Eye Exam is Due

Blurr digidreamgrafixHuman vision can change drastically during the course of a year. One area where that becomes obvious is with driving. Here in North Carolina, drivers ages 18 to 65 can keep their license for eight years without renewal. For those over age 65, renewal exams are due every five years. Long periods of time can indeed cause changes.

There are a lot of road signs and pedestrians to watch out for between license renewals without checking up on the most important of the five senses.

Those who do have not required vision correction in the past may not even notice early changes in eye performance. It may be little easier to detect while driving, because of the range of sight required.

Here are six driving signs that signal it’s time to visit the eye doctors at Park Ophthalmology:

  • Not driving at night as much or struggling with headlight glare.
  • Squinting at road signs and street signs or having trouble seeing them in the dark. 
  • Seeing spots, flashes of light, or floaters.
  • Feeling eye strain during or after driving or getting a headache or blurred vision. These symptoms may also occur after staring at a computer screen for a long period of time.
  • Motion sickness or dizziness after driving or riding in a car or other vehicle.
  • Seeing objects better if they are surrounded by either green or red or seeing one of those colors better than the other.

If none of these signs is present while driving, here are three other indicators that it’s time for an eye exam:

  • Sudden blurry vision or problems focusing
  • Eye infection
  • No eye exam in the past two years

Remember, eye exams benefit more than just vision. Doctor Beth Friedland can also detect eye health issues such as glaucoma or other diseases. Those with a chronic health condition like diabetes should also visit Park Ophthalmology on a regular basis.

As Raleigh and Durham residents make plans for 2014, one item on the year-end calendar should be an eye exam — whether it has been one year or eight.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!


This article about eye exams and driving is brought to you by the professional team atPark Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.


The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.



Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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