Lately it’s been looking like the long sunny summer days are behind us. I had to pull my rain jacket and umbrella out of my closet today which means Fall is here. I find that many patients come in with questions about how to see better when driving in gloomy rainy weather. Here are 5 tips to keep in mind:
1. Make sure your prescription is up-to-date. Uncorrected astigmatism or nearsighteness tends to be more noticeable in gloomy rainy conditions.
2. Be more compliant with dry eye treatment. Dry eye disease can cause light sensitivity, blur, and glare issues. Now is the time to make sure you’re following your eyecare provider’s treatment plan to decrease those symptoms.
3. Have a good quality anti-reflective coating on your glasses. They allow more light to transmit through the lens and decreases the “aberrations” or light scatter through the glasses. This reduces glare and increases the clarity of your eyewear.
4. Clean your glasses with anti-reflective coating safe cleaner and a soft cotton or microfibre cloth. Tap water and basic dish soap is a good alternative. Some lenses are smudge resistant as well!
5. Lastly, treat your windshield like your glasses. Keep them as clear as possible by putting on new wiper blades and add a rain repellent coating.