Getting clear about road safety

Jun 14 2018 | Essilor

No matter which means of transportation you choose to use, road safety is everyone's business. Pedestrians are expected to walk on sidewalks and cross at traffic lights. Motorcyclists and cyclists must wear helmets and bright clothing. Motorists have to fasten their seatbelts and use the appropriate booster seats for their children. These rules allow the road to be shared in safety and ensure that everyone is seen at the right time. Yet, despite these measures, there are still many road accidents. In addition to risk factors like distraction, night driving, blinding glare, poor weather and difficult road conditions, poor vision or uncorrected vision causes over 1.2 million deaths worldwide each year on the roads and 50 million serious injuries. (source: OMS). In Canada, It is estimated that 6% of Adult Canadians do not have the vision correction they deserve and 68% have a vision correction.

Did you know that?

  • 90% of decisions and reactions depend on a good vision especially on the road
  • 1 in 5 drivers can't see the road clearly due to uncorrected poor vision(1).
  • Poor vision can notably slow down your reaction time(2):
    • With poorly corrected vision, a driver needs 3 more seconds to clearly read a panel on the road
    • Glare results in reduced detection and response time on the road. For example, the stopping distance at 80 km / h is extended by 7 meters in glare condition.
  • 80% of all vision impairments can be prevented or cured(3).

Would you feel safe in a car driven by someone who does not see well? Would you let your child walk alone to school knowing that the sun’s morning rays might temporarily blind passing cyclists? For these reasons, Essilor has partnered with the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) to increase awareness and promote the importance of good vision as one of the pillars for road safety. Their common goal: to reduce road accidents by improving the eyesight of those who use the road.

When we are moving from point A to point B, vision is the sense that is most relied upon. Seeing clearly is therefore paramount for our own safety and that of others. How can you make that happen? The first recommendation is to have regular eye exams (calculate a maximum of 2 years between each exam). Protect your eyes from blinding glare by wearing eyeglasses that will reduce or eliminate it completely. Xperio® polarized sun lenses; for example, feature a unique filter that eliminates blinding glare while providing superior comfort and viewing quality. These eyeglasses, with or without prescription, will make your vision easier whether you're on foot or using wheels.

Don't forget to wear your eyeglasses while on the road

The question to ask yourself is: when did you last visit your eyecare professional for an eye exam? If you don't remember, maybe it would be wise (or perhaps a sign that you might need) to book an appointment to have your eyes and your vision checked.

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(1)Source: November 2012, Vision Impact Institute - The Social and Economic impact of poor vision.
(2)Source: 2013, Essilor R&D internal calculations for Taxi Drivers Study. Calculations done taking into account only the visual performances of the driver. For a road panel positioned on a straight road at a height of 4m, if a person with 1.0 visual acuity (capable to discern 2 points seen under an angle of 1 minute-arc) see a detail on a road panel at 100 mts, a person with 0.5 visual acuity (capable to discern 2 points seen under an angle of 2 minute-arc) will see the same detail at 50 mts.
(3)Source: 2014, World Health Organization. Fact Sheet N°282.

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