How to Know if Your Vision is Okay For the Road

As a truck driver, you’re on the road with a big rig that intimidates others. They put their trust in you, assuming that you won’t hit them. However, some truck drivers have physical problems that can cause accidents if not treated “before it’s too late.” One of those problems deals with vision. Good vision is vital for truckers. How do you know if it might be time for glasses or contact lenses?

There are several signs a trucker might need to get an eye exam and/or glasses or contact lenses in order to continue doing their job safely. If you’re a trucker, ask yourself these questions:

1) Do I have difficulty seeing at night?
2) Do I see halos around lights?
3) Do I get frequent headaches?
4) Do my eyes often feel strained or fatigued?
5) Do I experience double vision sometimes?

In addition, consider whether or not you have difficulty seeing things in the distance (which is called nearsightedness) or difficulty seeing objects both close up and at a distance (which is called astigmatism). Can you clearly and easily read road signs? When things are blurry, you might need glasses or contact lenses.

An eye doctor can determine how your eyes are working based on a variety of tests. Then, he or she can prescribe lenses to help you see clearly. You may be the type of person who needs glasses for particular times, like watching TV or reading books, or you might be the type of person who needs to wear them all the time. If you don’t want to wear glasses, contact lenses are the other option.