We all find driving at night a chore and with the winter months setting in faster than we’d like, most of us will be driving to and from work in hours of darkness. Night time driving has been deemed the most visually demanding task you will encounter and road casualty statistics show 40% of road collisions occur in the hours of darkness.
To improve your vision during the dark hours we recommend a good pair of prescription glasses with an anti reflection coating. Today’s modern anti-reflective coatings can virtually eliminate the reflection of light from the lens, allowing 99.5% of available light to pass through the lenses and enter the eye which gives you sharper vision with reduced glare.
An anti-reflection lens can help reduce ghosting effects and haloing around lights when night driving, improve visual acuity and contrast, reduce eyestrain and fatigue, and improve the cosmetic appearance of spectacle lenses.
Whilst older drivers benefit from the road experience they have gained, but as we get older we can face difficulties with contrast sensitivity, light and dark adaptation, glare, colour perception and restricted field of view; and these difficulties are often exaggerated when driving at night. It is therefore essential for the older driver to have a regular eye examination and to discuss the lens options and features that will benefit them and enhance their vision for driving at night.
Our highly qualified staff can carry out a comprehensive eye heath examination and help chose the right lens for night time driving. Call your local store to book an appointment.
Top tips for night drivers
- Ensure you are wearing the most up to date prescription in your eye wear – if you’ve not had an eye examination in the last 2 years, please book an appointment
- Avoid wearing dark or tinted lenses, but instead ensure you have a good anti-reflection coating on your lenses.
- Keep your windscreen clean inside and outside
- Check your wiper blades for wear and replace if necessary
- Check your headlights are working and are clean
- Keep a spare pair of glasses in the car