Shedding Light on Nighttime Driving Glasses

With this month’s look at task-specific eyewear, we’ll be discussing glare-reducing driving glasses ­and how they can help motorists combat distracting light glare and unwanted strain.

A recent survey confirmed what most of us already know ­­– nighttime glare decreases vision and causes discomfort.  About a third of respondents experienced difficulty visualizing road signs and judging distances, the study noted.  Over half said headlights were particularly bothersome while 50% experienced glare and light sensitivity.

The most common cause of night driving problems is the need for glasses. Improving clarity obviously enhances safety on the road.  Glasses containing a high-quality anti-reflective (AR) coating substantially reduces glare and haloes.  Our optical staff at Classic Eyewear strongly encourages the use of AR coating for all our patients’ eyewear.

There are several other causes of nighttime difficulty, the most common of which is cataracts.  Even mild cataracts which otherwise are not bothersome can cause very significant glare and haloes while night driving.  As cataracts progress, many people stop driving altogether.  Cataract surgery promptly relieves this problem and, of course, improves vision for reading, television watching and all other activities.

Another common cause of nighttime vision problems is Dry Eye Disease.  By disturbing the surface of the eye, vision decreases and glare increases.  Prompt treatment of this disorder not only improves vision, both night and day, but also improves the discomfort and pain that often occurs in dry eye sufferers.

Safely reaching your destination is always our goal. The doctors and staff of the Coastal Jersey Eye Center are here to help you stay sharp behind the wheel!

August 1, 2018

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