There may be a few answers to the question, “what are night driving glasses?” Many of us may think of non-prescription eyeglasses that are typically used in sports such as hunting, which feature bright-yellow tinted lenses. Outdoors enthusiasts may wear this type of eyewear to help increase the contrast of objects against the sky, particularly on overcast days.
Do night driving glasses work?
While these glasses may be advertised as “night driving glasses,” they may not always be the most effective in aiding drivers’ vision after the sun goes down. The yellow tint from these glasses effectively blocks blue light during certain daylight conditions, helping reduce glare and increase contrast for a sharper view.
However, these glasses also limit the amount of overall light that reaches the eye, which can be a problem when visibility goes down for drivers at night. Some studies suggest that yellow-tint night driving glasses do not offer improvements to critical driving performance, such as the ability to better spot pedestrians crossing the road.
How to tell if you need glasses for driving at night?
If you aren’t sure that you are seeing the road at night as well as you once did, the best thing to do is have your eyes thoroughly checked out by your eye doctor. Chances are, if you need prescription eyeglasses because you have nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, your optometrists will recommend a solution that will improve your vision throughout the day.
Which glasses are best for night driving?
This will depend on your eyes and your personal needs. However, one aspect of yellow-tinted night driving glasses that may help your night vision is their anti-reflective coating, which may help eliminate internal reflections of light from streetlights and oncoming headlights that limit vision due to glare.
Should you need new prescription glasses, your eye care doctor will be able to help you choose clear corrective lenses with anti-reflective coating. These lenses will both reduce some road glare while allowing nearly 100% of visible light to enter your eye at night.
To learn more about night vision glasses or to book an eye appointment for prescription glasses that improve your night vision, contact today.