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Vision Behind the Wheel

Good vision is required for safe driving. In fact, safety on the road relies on several different visual abilities including distance and near vision, peripheral vision, night vision and color vision, among many others.
Being able to see well into the distance is vital because it helps you to observe the stretch of road ahead of you and become aware of any risks that might appear. Being able to see ahead gives you a chance to respond quickly and avoid accidents that might have otherwise taken place. And on the flip-side, if you struggle with distance vision then there's a chance you may not see the dangers in time to prevent an accident.
 
Distance vision is also influenced by the condition of your windshield and glasses (including sunglasses), so check that both are really clean and scratch-free, since scratches can reduce visibility, especially at night and on bright days.
 
Equally as important is peripheral vision, which enables you see the sides of your vehicle, which is crucial to see pedestrians, animals and cross traffic without needing to look away from the road ahead. Strong peripheral vision is also important when changing lanes and turning. Maximize use of both your rearview and side mirrors. Make sure they're angled properly, to help your view of the road to your sides and back.
 
Road safety is also highly dependent on good depth perception. This lets you evaluate distances accurately in busy driving conditions, switch lanes and pass other vehicles on the road. Accurate depth perception requires adequate sight in both of your eyes. If one lacks proper vision in one eye, it's essential to consult with an optometrist to determine whether it is okay for you to get behind the wheel. You may have to stop driving until a solution is found to correct your vision.
 
Accommodation also plays an important role on the road. Accommodating is the ability to move your focus from a view ahead to something near, like from the road to the dashboard. If you've recently hit middle-age it's common for you to have increasing difficulty with near vision, and it's normal to require glasses or some other corrective device to make it easier to see your dashboard. Make an appointment with your eye doctor to discuss the options.
 
At the first sign of vision problems, consider how it affects your ability to drive. You never want to endanger your own life or the lives of other people on the road! If you suspect your eyesight isn't up to par, visit your eye doctor, and have a proper eye exam right away.

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

www.albertahealthservices.ca

www.collegeofoptometrists.ab.ca

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan