Hayden Optometric Inc.
94 N Main St Mansfield MA 02048 +1 508-339-3952
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Mansfield, MA

508-339-3952

Keep An Eye On Your Sight When Driving At Night

When nights grow longer, and our morning and evening commute is spent driving in the dark, seeing the road clearly is a much more difficult task.

Driving With Visual Distraction Is Dangerous!

Unfortunately, many people don’t take this fact as seriously as they should. Perhaps they’ve become so accustomed to this type of blurred, haloed vision that they don’t notice it anymore. They simply squint and continue on their way.

Our night vision (especially when driving) can be impaired not only by the darkness, but also by the sudden glares of light from other cars, traffic signals, street lamps, etc. These things force our eyes to constantly adjust, leaving split seconds of impaired vision between adjustments.

Here’s a short video about this topic from Bausch+Lomb and The Canadian Association of Optometrists:

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As We Age, This Problem Is More Pronounced

Our eyes sense light with two different types of cells—rods and cones. Rod cells work best in low light. If you’re over 40, this may be more of a problem than it used to be. Here are three reasons why:

  1. We have fewer rod cells, which work to pick up small amounts of light.
  2. The lenses in our eyes become stiffer and cloudier.
  3. The light receptors on our rods can’t regenerate as fast.

What Can Be Done To Help?

Whatever your age, there are things that can improve your sight at night. Often there are simple adjustments that can be made to your eyeglasses or contacts prescription that help. Let’s visit about your specific needs. If you’re concerned about your vision as you drive at night, schedule an appointment with us. And of course, if you’re at a point where your night vision is seriously impaired, avoid night driving and plan such activities for the daytime.

Thanks for being our valued patient and friend! Keep safe out there when you’re driving in the dark!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Address

94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

Contact Information

Phone: 508-339-3952
Fax: +1 (508) 339-6907
  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
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Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.

HALT

HALT

Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.

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