Older Drivers

Frequently Asked Questions

5. How can I be sure I see well enough to drive safely?

There are several steps you can take to make sure you see well enough to drive safely.

  • Have your vision checked every 1 to 2 years. An eye doctor can treat many vision problems. For example, surgery can remove cataracts.
  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, ask your eye doctor or optometrist if you need a new prescription. Anti-reflective lenses and polarized sunglasses can help reduce glare. Always wear corrective lenses while driving.
  • Limit driving to daytime hours if you have trouble seeing in the dark.
  • Keep your windshield, mirrors, and headlights clean. Turn the brightness up on the instrument panel.
  • Adjust your seat height so you can see the road for at least 10 feet ahead of your car.

Read about comprehensive dilated eye exams, a type of eye exam that adults 60+ should have at least once a year.