Driving at Night tends to be more stressful than usual in terms of visibility. The eyes receive less light and coupled with the factor of oncoming traffic; this makes it more challenging to see clearly while driving at night. This gives birth to the need for night driving glasses.
There are various types of glasses marketed and sold out there for the purpose of vision enhancement while driving at night. The question now is, do these glasses actually work?
Read on to find out!
NIGHT DRIVING/VISION GLASSES?
Night driving or night vision glasses are essentially a type of glasses that have a combination of yellow-tinted lenses and anti-reflective coating. The yellow-tinted lenses serve as vision enhancers while the anti-reflective coating helps in eliminating reflections of light from streetlights and headlights of oncoming vehicles.
These glasses have been around for a while and have enjoyed the most popularity amongst hunters alike because they tend to increase the contrast of objects against an overcast sky or cloudy conditions.
There’s no doubt these glasses have come in handy for hunters and sportsmen that wear yellow-tinted glasses, but the question still remains, do they help you see better while driving at night?
ARE YOU BETTER-OFF WEARING THEM OR NOT?
The darker the glasses, the greater the amount of blue light they filter. This is great for bright light conditions because they block any harmful/excess light getting into your eyes.
However, these glasses are not good for night vision. As they protect your eyes from blue light, they also prevent the minimum amount of light your eyes need to see in low-light conditions or nightlife.
Even though some wearers of night driving glasses say that these glasses help them see at night, tests and research show that they do not only not help you see at night, they also make your vision worse-off.
It has been proven that drivers do not see pedestrians any faster than they would without the glasses.
You need to also think outside the box and look out for other factors that can contribute to making night driving vision a stressful activity. Check the following tips for a little bit of guidance:
- Always move about with a piece of microfibre cloth to get rid of smudges, which can cause glare.
- Regularly check your windshield wipers for wear and tear.
- Your headlights also need to be constantly checked to keep them free of grime.
- Your dashboard lights need to be kept on dim to avoid straining your eyes while driving.
In addition, don’t forget to keep your prescription glasses up to date and have an anti-reflective coating added to them. Also, be on the lookout for any changes/deterioration in vision so you can see your eye doctor for proper examination.