Should You Wear Night Driving Glasses?

Visibility is important, especially while driving. The slightest hiccup in your field of vision could be the difference between a safe journey and a dangerous crash. So it’s no wonder that so many people shy away from driving in less than ideal conditions like rain, fog or darkness. 

In fact, the fear of driving at night is so common that we’ve given it a name: Nyctovehophobia.

But it’s not just the lack of light and visibility that unnerves many people. The glare from city lights, traffic lights and other cars can create unwanted glares while the dusky colors of late evening and early morning can make spotting obstacles or pedestrians difficult. 

Yellow-tinted lenses create contrast

There are different levels of tinting that can be applied to glasses, most commonly amber, copper and yellow. Each filters a different level of blue light. Yellow is the weakest of the three, but that’s not the insult it sounds like. In fact, amber- and copper-tinted glasses may block too much light, reducing visibility at night. Yellow-tinted glasses still allow some light to enter the eye, thus reducing glare without sacrificing your ability to see. 

That said, yellow-tinted glasses do still reduce light, and may not be a good idea for very low-light driving situations like a pitch black highway. However, where yellow-tinted glasses excel is in overcast environments. When the clouds are out and visibility is low, colors can blur together and yellow-tinted glasses can help provide some much-needed contrast. Yellow-tinted glasses are favored by hunters and sharpshooters for this very reason. 

Anti-glare glasses reduce headlight glare

Another reason you might wear driving glasses is if you struggle with the glare around headlights and street lights. Sometimes  the headlights that are helping one driver see the road in front of them are actually blinding everyone driving in the opposite lane. 

Anti-glare coating on glasses can also help with uncomfortable reflections that can distract and hurt your eyes. Eye strain can easily strike at night, and anti-glare glasses can prevent it by filtering out a significant amount of blue light. 

Are night driving glasses right for you?

Overall, it’s about finding the fit that’s most comfortable for you. If you struggle with driving at night, the first step is to talk to your eye doctor to make sure you have an up-to-date prescription. Even if you think your eyesight is fine, it’s worth making sure there are no refractory errors that need correcting. You might be surprised just how helpful a new prescription can be. 

Once you’re comfortable with your glasses or contact lenses (or lack thereof!) you can start experimenting with night driving goggles to see which ones give you the most benefit. 

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