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Aging Reduces Night Vision

by KYW’s medical editor Dr. Brian McDonough

As people age, it can become increasingly difficult to see at night because night vision is affected. This is particularly important for people who are driving at night, but all of us are at risk if we drive at night and don’t take common sense measures.

The US National Safety Council is clear about certain recommendations. The first has nothing to do with health but can affect your health if not done: make sure your headlights and taillights, windows and turn signal lights are cleaned regularly.

Some of the other most important steps include turning on your headlights when daylight first starts to dwindle. And making it a point to slow down, and leave more space between you and the cars in front of you. If you are someone who is noticing more difficulty driving at night you should check your vision with an ophthalmologist.

There may be protective steps you can take.

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