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If You See Lights This Way When You Drive At Night You May Have A Common Condition

Rebecca Shepherd

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If You See Lights This Way When You Drive At Night You May Have A Common Condition

Featured Image Credit: Reddit

If you've ever been driving at night time and noticed that every light feels like there's a lightsaber attached to it... you might have quite a common condition.

Although blurry vision can be caused by short or long sightedness, it can also be a result of something called astigmatism.

The condition basically means that your eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a football, so light is focused at more than one place in the eye.

Credit: Stocktrek Images, Inc./Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Stocktrek Images, Inc./Alamy Stock Photo

It can be diagnosed if you've been experiencing blurred vision, headaches or eye strain but don't worry too much, it can be corrected with the use of glasses or contact lenses.

It usually happens to people that have short or long-sightedness and if you have it in one eye then it can result in a lazy eye which really needs to be spotted early so that it can be treated.

The NHS website advises that teenagers with astigmatism should also have regular eye tests to check for an eye condition called keratoconus. This causes the cornea to change shape.

For adults, it seems that glasses, contact lenses and laser eye or lens surgery could work their magic.

Credit: Zoonar GmbH/Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Zoonar GmbH/Alamy Stock Photo

Commenting on a Reddit post, someone explained that the condition is much worse when it's raining.

In agreement, someone wrote: "I hate driving in the rain at night because of this. It's the only time I get nervous on the road."

Another added: "Absolutely impossible to see. And the darker coloured roads even when just a little wet make it impossible to see."

Offering a bit of advise, a third Redditer explained: "Dusk is what really messes with me. I wear my sunglasses until it's pitch dark before moving to my regular glasses."

Unfortunately some haven't been able to keep it under control, with one writing: "I tried the contacts that are supposed to help with it but every time you blink, you feel the lens. It was awful. I gave it an hour and called my opt for regular ones. I don't drive a lot at night for this reason."

Someone else didn't realise that this isn't how everyone's eyesight is when they commented: "Wait.... Not everyone sees lights like this?! The f***."

Many others were in the same boat, one said: "S***, do I have astigmatism?" Another replied: "I know, I'm like 'Wait it's not supposed to look like that?'."

Just a suggestion but it might be time to book an appointment at the opticians?

Topics: Interesting, Community, Reddit

Rebecca Shepherd
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