28.10.2011

Low light "causing problems for drivers"

Low light "causing problems for drivers"

By Alexa Kaczka

Low light levels due to the autumn weather are causing problems for many contact lens wearers in the UK, according to a new survey.

Research carried out by Bausch + Lomb (B+L) found that over half of British adults who require vision correction experience visual problems in low-light situations, including issues such as blurred vision, which affect 63 per cent of people.

Halos affect 56 per cent of people and glare is a problem for 60 per cent, while street lights and traffic are also problems for those behind the wheel.

The poll found that visual problems can lead to difficulty with everyday activities such as driving, viewing computers and phones and reading.

With British Summer Time ending and darker evenings setting in, the likelihood of visual problems resulting from low light situations is even higher.

B+L estimated that this may be a reason for the increase in road traffic accidents, as driversÂ’ vision is affected by the darker conditions.

In the poll, which quizzed UK motorists who require vision correction, 31 per cent of adults had difficulties reading road signs due to impaired vision, 19 per cent had problems seeing the car dashboard and 17 per cent had difficulty reading satellite navigation.

Additionally, in an office environment, 21 per cent of people noted that reduced vision was affecting their work, with a further 15 per cent experiencing this while using IT equipment and 15 per cent when reading books

The survey also highlighted that over two-thirds of adult contact lens wearers had not been recommended specific contacts for low-light situations or night-time driving.

It followed previous Bausch + Lomb research which showed that 90 per cent and 89 per cent of lens wearers suffering from glare and halos respectively were specifically interested in products that were able to improve vision quality in low-light. 

by Adrian Galbreth


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