Winter Driving Vision Impairments & Hazzards
during winter months usually means dealing with harsh conditions,
traffic jams and longer drive times. Inside the car, the
heater is blasting and in turn, dehydrating your eyes.
Study: A recent study found that the air inside
a heated car only had 18% humidity. Studies show that eyes
are most comfortable in 40% or higher. 18% humidity would
result in evaporation of the outer lipid layer of the tear
film causing burning, stinging, and excessive tearing and
blurring of vision.
and Itch Reliever:
Blurry vision makes driving dangerous and itchy eyes distract
the driver from watching the road. Having artificial tears
on hand can relieve the pain associated with dehydrated
eyes. It's important to choose tears that do not contain
vasoconstrictors (which constrict blood flow to the eyes
and cause rebound redness), such as Refresh Brand tears,
because products such as Visine enhance the problem rather
than mitigate it.
A leading eye care specialist can explain this study in
further detail and the best relief so the holiday travel
season can remain safe.