Heading into winter we tend to find ourselves driving more and more in the dark. It’s very important to make sure your prescription glasses are suitable for this visually demanding task. Driving in low light can not only be difficult, but also potentially dangerous if you’re not wearing the correct night vision glasses.
In addition, there are a number of other factors which may affect your ability to see clearly while driving:
- Your eyesight has changed over time due to ageing or illness.
- You’re not wearing corrective eyewear. If you don’t use them regularly, they could become out of date.
- The street lights around you aren’t good enough to allow you to focus properly.
- There are too many distractions such as windshield wipers, glare from headlights, road markings, etc.
If any one of these things happens, then you might find yourself struggling to keep focused on the road ahead.
All of these can cause our pupils to try to rapidly constrict (get smaller) to adapt to the light source, which is what produces the common eye condition, temporary blindness associated with glare. It may take several seconds before we regain full vision after being dazzled by something like this. If you look out of the corner of your eye while looking straight ahead, you will notice that the image looks blurry or “fuzzy” as compared to normal vision.
What Causes Glare?
Glare can come from all sorts of sources, from low sunlight in the spring to the reflection of bright light on wet roads, reflections off windows, and even from objects in your car that catch the light. The most common cause of glare is oncoming headlights reflecting into your eye. This happens because there’s a difference in brightness between the lights coming towards you and those behind you.
What are the dangers of glare?
The danger comes in your vision at night when you can’t see or when one part of the road is thrown into dark shadows while the rest is flooded in light at night time. You might miss an object right next to you or fail to spot another vehicle approaching from the side. In addition, the glare makes it harder to judge distance so you could end up hitting things too close.
If you experience glare during daylight conditions, chances are good that you’ll feel its negative effects later at night time. When driving at night, without the proper prescription eyeglasses, glare has two main consequences. First, it reduces visibility; second, it causes us to lose focus. Both factors increase the risk of accidents.
This could mean that your eyes find it more difficult to adjust to different distances while on the road or have trouble seeing while driving at night. This may result in a loss of depth perception, making it harder to judge distance and speed. It might also affect your vision so much that you feel like you’re having double vision. If this happens, you should stop immediately and take care of yourself until you recover.
If you experience any symptoms such as blurred vision, headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, or other problems, contact your doctor right away. These symptoms could indicate serious health issues including stroke, heart attack, seizures, brain injury, or death.
Fortunately, if glare is impacting your ability to drive safely, then we can offer the Hoya EnRoute glasses which are anti-glare driving lenses you can get for your glasses frames, as well as some lens treatments for glasses that can help glare at night.
Hoya EnRoute driving lenses
With Hoya EnRoute driving lenses you can be confident you are as safe as possible on the road. Using anti-glare technology, your night glasses will give you a wide range of vision to ensure safe driving.
EnRoute lenses are suitable for all kinds of drivers, from regular commuters and road-trip lovers to people running occasional errands.
Hoya’s dedicated EnRoute driving lenses offer a clear, contrast-rich vision in the far distance, of the dashboard, and in mirrors. Drivers can feel comfortable and confident on the road, whatever the weather or time of day.
We recommend getting regular eye exams with an eye care professional at Opticare to see your eye condition and will be able to detect early signs of serious health issues before they become major concerns. This will also let us check whether you need corrective lenses.