Eye spy with my tired eyes
For the final part of our series on the dangers of driving, we’re going to tackle the last thing on the list – eyestrain.
This is a common problem for many drivers on their daily commute, so we’re guessing it’s something you may have experienced too. You know how it feels; your eyes start to feel heavy, then they water and sting and you finally you start getting blurred vision – not good!
In the best case scenario, this could lead to you not being able to see very well, which could make your drive more difficult than it needs to be. And, in the worst case, you could end up in an accident caused by blurred vision. So, what can you do to ease driving eyestrain?
The common sense stuff, that’s still worth saying
Well, there are a number of common sense things, you should already be doing, but we’ll remind you anyway.
Like for instance, making sure you have your eyes tested regularly. You’d be surprised how many people don’t do this and you should be treating your eyes to a full MOT every two years, or when you feel like you’re having to strain your eyes to see the road clearly. If you’re squinting, it’s definitely time to book an appointment at the opticians.
If you need glasses to drive, you should make sure you’ve got them on each time you get behind the wheel. And give them a good clean before setting off too. This will not only ease your eyestrain, it’ll also help keep you on the right side of the law, as we explain in Four things you should know about driving without your glasses when you need them.
If the sun is out, grab your sunglasses. You’ll want to keep the glare and the UV out of your eyes – something else that’ll make you squint. If you don’t know what makes a great pair or driving sunglasses, Five easy steps to choosing the best sunglasses for driving should help.
Now let’s have a look at what you can do to ease your tired eyes.
When you’re on the move - Acupressure
Fancy trying something a little more unusual? Eye acupressure fits the bill. There a number of acupressure points around the eye sockets, pressing and holding for a few seconds on each one can relieve the strain. And, because these don’t require you taking your eyes off the road, they’re perfect for doing while you’re stopped at traffic lights and in jams.
Try it out and see what you think.
All you need to do is press the tip of your finger on the point and massage gently in a circular motion for a couple of seconds.
When you’ve arrived or before you set off - simple stretching and moving
This next set of exercise requires you to take your eyes off the road, so best to do them when you’re about to set off or when you’ve arrived at your destination.
They’ll be particularly useful if you’ve been staring at a PC all day, as many of us do, as that’s likely to have strained your eyes already.
Most of these exercises are self-explanatory, but just to clarify:
Number 1 – rub your palms together and then place them over your eyes, with the heel of your palm sitting snugly in your eye socket. Rub gently in a circular motion.
Number 6 – use your finger as a focus point and move it backwards and forwards towards your nose and away from it.
Number 9 – squeeze your eyes tightly shut, then open them as wide as you can.
Number 10 – place your index and middle finger gently on your eyes and move in a circular motion.
All the other exercises simply require you to move your eyeballs in one way or another to relax the muscles around the eyes.
And that’s it people! You should now have an arsenal of remedies you can dip into to counter act the dangers of your daily commute.Try them out and let us know how you get on.