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Difficulty seeing at night? Try these tips to cope

February 1, 2022

Slight changes at home and on the road may make a difference.

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Cats, owls, raccoons, and deer — they’re among the animals with exceptional night vision. We humans aren’t on the list. Our eyes have just a fraction of the same visual machinery needed to see well in the dark, and our limited ability deteriorates with age (see "How our night vision changes"). The resulting poor night vision sets us up for difficulty driving at night or stumbling in a darkened room, which can lead to accidents and injuries.

How can you stay safe? There’s no one medical treatment to restore night vision, but the following approaches can help.

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