Driving

Help! I Can’t See Properly When Driving in the Dark

Driving at night is a chore and with the winter months setting in faster than we’d like, most of us will be driving to and from work and school runs in hours of darkness.

Do you find the oncoming headlights really difficult to navigate? Do they shine bright into your eyes and you struggle to see blinding you whilst you are driving?

Night time driving has been deemed the most visually demanding task you will encounter. Road casualty statistics show 40% of road collisions occur in the hours of darkness.

We’re always looking for ways to help our patients see better. The good news is we have partnered up with Seiko vision to bring you a great coating we can add to your lenses called RoadClearCoating.

It significantly reduced irritating glare and reflections from oncoming traffic, wet surfaces and other similar things.

The coating can help reduce ghosting effects and haloing around lights when night driving, improve your ability to see and contrast, reducing eyestrain and fatigue.

Older drivers benefit from the road experience 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.

Top tips for night drivers:

We want you to arrive safely at your destination when driving at night. Book an appointment for an eye examination and we can help you drive better at night. 

Open your eyes to driving in the dark

Open your eyes to driving in the dark

Benefits of Anti-reflection lens & Top tips to night drivers

Driving in the Dark

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

  1. 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
  2. Avoid wearing dark or tinted lenses, but instead ensure you have a good anti-reflection coating on your lenses.
  3. Keep your windscreen clean inside and outside
  4. Check your wiper blades for wear and replace if necessary
  5. Check your headlights are working and are clean
  6. Keep a spare pair of glasses in the car