Park Ophthalmology Keeps Triangle Patients in the Driver’s Seat

Park 04-06-15 pakorn fdpA quick trip to the store for eggs and milk can become difficult when vision impairs driving ability. Many vision conditions that hamper driving skills can be corrected with the right eyewear or surgery, provided by Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology. With offices located in Raleigh and Durham, Park Ophthalmology is convenient to everyone in the Triangle. It is important to note that vision is just one factor that makes for a safe driver. Experience, judgment, and response times also play important roles, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Any of the following four situations can make driving more difficult and might indicate it is time for a consultation with Beth R. Friedland M.D.:

  • Road signs: In unfamiliar areas, it is important to be able to read road signs. When vision impairs a driver’s ability to read road names and highway numbers, decision time may be reduced. If it is getting more difficult to read highway signs, it might be time for a new prescription.
  • Peripheral vision: Even while focusing on the road ahead, peripheral vision gives the driver information about vehicles approaching from either side. The American Academy of Ophthalmology notes that diseases such as glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa contribute to major deficits in peripheral vision.
  • Distance vision: If it is becoming more difficult to judge distances to and from other cars, it is probably time for a check-up. The good news, according to an article in EyeNet Magazine, is that researchers have not found a connection between moderate vision loss and crash-risk. Experienced drivers often find ways to compensate for vision deficits.
  • Night-time driving: This may be the area where age plays the biggest role, as older drivers find it more difficult to filter out glare from the new more powerful halogen head lamps. Driving becomes tougher in lower light situations. Dr. Friedland can help patients understand how their eye conditions affect night-time driving and provide strategies for coping.

Driving a car represents freedom and independence to residents in the Triangle. Stay current on your eye examinations and call Park Ophthalmology today if you have any concerns that vision might be affecting driving skills.

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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 the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park 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.

Locations:

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

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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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.

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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.

 

Locations:

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

Photo: Digidreamgrafix, freedigitalphotos.net