Drivers see lights like this all the time, not knowing they probably have a common eye condition that needs to be checked asap.
Struggling with blurry vision while driving is a dangerous situation to find yourself in. While it may be caused by longsightedness, it can also be a symptom of an eye condition called astigmatism.
Astigmatism is when the cornea is slightly curved rather than completely round..
With astigmatism, light focuses on several points of the retina rather just one point. This is what people with Astigmatisms vs without. pic.twitter.com/RXWWayFBRJ
— Unusual Facts (@UnusualFacts6) March 25, 2019
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, astigmatism is an imperfection in the curvature of your eye’s cornea or lens. In other words, light is focused at more than one place in the eye, making traffic lights seem like an epic Star Wars battle.
As LADbible notes, if you have been experiencing blurred vision, headaches, or eye strain, you may too have astigmatism. Luckily, it can be corrected easily with glasses or contact lenses.
So, why are we discussing astigmatism today?
Well, a Redditor recently posted a vivid picture revealing why people with the condition fear driving at night. The Reddit user captioned the picture with the words: “This is true fear.”
Agreeing with the OP, a person allegedly suffering from astigmatism commented:
“I hate driving in the rain at night because of this. It’s the only time I get nervous on the road.”
Another user said: “Absolutely impossible to see. And the darker colored roads even when just a little wet make it impossible to see.”
A third shared: “Dusk is what really messes with me. I wear my sunglasses until it’s pitch dark before moving to my regular glasses.”
Meanwhile, another person opened up about their unfortunate experience with contacts:
“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.”
So, if you see lights like the pictures above, you might need to book an appointment at the opticians asap.