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Night driving glasses feature non-prescription yellow lenses. These vary in shade from light yellow to amber.
Some pairs also have an anti-reflective coating. This reduces internal reflections of light from streetlights and oncoming headlights.
Night vision glasses are anti-glare, filtering out high-energy and visible blue light (HEV). Unlike other types of light with longer wavelengths, blue light is more likely to result in glare when it enters the eye. Night vision glasses are popular among those that struggle to see clearly during nighttime driving.
Night driving eyeglasses have been sold for several decades. They were originally designed and marketed to hunters as shooting glasses. They enhance the contrast of birds against the sky during overcast or cloudy days.
There are many different brands of night driving eyewear on the market. Night driving glasses also come with polarized lenses to protect you from UV rays or non-polarized lenses.
Night blindness is otherwise known as nyctalopia. The condition makes it difficult for people to see clearly in low-light conditions like nighttime. However, night blindness doesn’t mean someone can’t see at all during the night, just that it may be challenging.
Night blindness is often a symptom of another problem with vision. Here are some of the common causes and conditions that lead to night blindness:
Night Blindness can also occur alongside other symptoms. The type of symptoms that present depend on the underlying cause of night blindness. These can include:
Yellow-lens glasses for night driving are controversial. Some studies claim that anti-glare glasses worsen eyesight during the night. Below are the pros and cons of night driving glasses:
There is a big market for night driving glasses. Some of the best and high-quality brands of anti-glare goggles to choose from include:
Many anti-glare eyeglasses are available on Amazon.
If you suffer from night blindness, there are alternative solutions to night vision glasses to reduce poor night vision.
Many people wear prescription glasses because they have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. If you are in this group, you should select clear lenses featuring an AR coating when you drive at night. These glasses allow nearly 100% of visible light into your eye for better vision.
The AR coating on prescription eyeglasses also reduces internal reflections of streetlights and oncoming traffic and headlight glare in your lenses. If interested, speak to your optometrist or ophthalmologist about having an AR coating on your prescription glasses.
Free-form lenses are customizable and are designed with computer-controlled technology. This allows the lenses to sharpen vision-linked problems that are harder to deal with in typical lenses.
Free-form lenses offer some of the highest levels of clarity during both day and night for better vision.
Wavefront lenses are designed with some of the same technologies used to conduct wavefront-guided customized LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) surgeries.
These specialized lenses are personalized for each patient. They work to improve vision across all lighting spectrums.
Another way to improve nighttime driving is to ensure that the vehicle used is properly maintained.
Make sure the windshield is clean both inside and out of the vehicle. Dirt streaks, residue, and dust can worsen glare.
Windshield wipers should be replaced regularly too. Keep dashboard lights dim to prevent eye strain and glare reduction while driving during the night.
Replace your windshield wipers often. Keep dashboard lights low to avoid eye strain when driving at night. Keep your headlights clean and free of dirt. See an eye doctor if your vision alters or seems to deteriorate at night.
Kate Raunch, Night Driving Glasses May Hurt, Not Help, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2018, https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/night-driving-glasses-may-hurt-not-help
Kierstan Boyd, Shedding Light on Night Blindness, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2016, https://www.aao.org/eye-health/news/shedding-light-on-night-blindness
Hwang AD, Tuccar-Burak M, Peli E. Comparison of Pedestrian Detection With and Without Yellow-Lens Glasses During Simulated Night Driving With and Without Headlight Glare. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(10):1147–1153. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.2893 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaophthalmology/article-abstract/2740739
Comparison of pedestrian detection with and without yellow-lens Glasses during simulated night driving with and without headlight glare. JAMA Ophthalmology. August 1, 2019, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31369054/