Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

What Are Night Driving Glasses?

Whenever we go out for a long drive, especially in the evening hours, the first difficulty that as a driver one feels is the glare from the lights of the oncoming vehicles from the opposite direction. These glares can be so high that sometimes it becomes absolutely impossible to see what is in front of you and you tend to miss a pothole or a speed breaker, which in high speed in the highways can be quite dangerous as you may lose control of the car.

The glare that comes from the oncoming vehicles can become more profound if you are wearing prescription glasses. For those who do not wear prescription glasses and still have a problem driving at night need to consult with an optometrist to get the eye checked. The optometrist may give an option for antireflection coated glasses to reduce the glare that comes from the vehicles, which may allow you to see clearly. However, the question is do these driving glasses really work? This article gives an idea as to how effective driving glasses are and whether one should really invest hard earned money on such products or not.

Do Night Driving Glasses Really Work?

Do Night Driving Glasses Really Work?

The answer to this question is that based on the comprehensive study that has been conducted across the United States and other places around the world, the consensus is that night driving glasses do not work. There is a big misconception that that antireflection glasses or polarized glasses with a yellow tint on are quite effective for nighttime driving. This is based on the theory that it reduces glare and allows you to see clearly. However, in realty it is the opposite that tends to happen.

With the already diminishing light, any further tint reduces the visibility making it more difficult for you to see the road ahead. It may give you the impression that you may be seeing things clearly, but actually it is the opposite that is really happening.

The studies have proved that the yellow tint has absolutely no effect on the visibility of an individual when one drives at night. While these types of glasses may be effective in foggy or hazy weather they are not at all effective for nighttime driving as they do not have any effect on the glare that comes from the headlights of the vehicles at night.

In case if you have a problem driving at night as a result of the glare then the first thing to do is to get your eyes checked to rule out an underlying medical condition in the eye, which may be the reason for the problem.

Antireflective coating may be beneficial for individuals who have a habit of wearing spectacles and prescription glasses. However, individuals who do not wear prescriptive glasses should not go for antireflective glasses. There is no evidence to prove that antireflective glasses improve vision at night when night driving.

Conclusion:

While there are many companies which promote their products stating that the glasses they manufacture help people in driving at night, this is not the case and there is no evidence to suggest that night driving glasses really work at night in preventing the glare from the headlights of other vehicles blinding you when night driving.

Thus, it is always better to check with an optometrist to see whether there is a problem with the eye and get it rectified rather than going for antireflection coated glasses or other tinted glasses that claim to improve vision at night when driving while all the time it is the opposite that happens and it impairs your vision more.

Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: May 15, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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