Do you struggle with driving at night? If you do, the thought of night driving can be stressful, but did you know there is eyewear available that can help? There are different options for night driving, from multicoated lenses to special tinted yellow lenses, to blue light filter lenses. Find out what you can do to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe when driving at night.
Night blindness is a vision impairment also known as nyctalopia. People with night blindness have poor vision at night or in low light environments. Another common complaint is that bright lights such as the headlights of oncoming cars are dazzling, too bright or glary and impair vision.
While people of all ages can struggle driving at night, night blindness affects more people over the ages of 40 than under.
Serious night blindness can be caused by cataracts, LASIK, glaucoma and other conditions, however generally as we get older we are more prone to mild forms of night blindness and may require some help through the use of glasses.
Some solutions for night blindness include multicoated lenses, yellow tinted lenses or clear lenses especially designed to help with night driving- talk to us about the best solution for your needs!
What is night blindness?
Night blindness is a visual impairment that affects people at night, also known as Nyctalopia. Common symptoms include poor vision at night or in dim light and difficulty with glare and bright lights at night.
People of all ages can suffer from night blindness, however it commonly affects people over the ages of 40. Some underlying eye conditions can cause clinical night blindness, but many people also use this term when they experience mild symptoms and eyewear solutions can be helpful for anyone who experiences any degree of night blindness.
Symptoms of Night Blindness include:
Poor vision at night and in low light conditions
Difficulty driving at night
Difficulty recognising details in dim light- like faces or street signs
Sensitivity to bright lights at night, such as car headlights.
How to improve night blindness
Clinical Night Blindness is usually a symptoms of an underlying cause such as cataracts, glaucoma, nearisghtedness, Vitamin A deficiency or even Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare generic eye disorder. Treatment for clinical Night Blindness involves treating the underlying cause; surgery for cataracts or vitamin A supplmentation.
Those who suffer from mild night blindness may find the following types of eyewear beneficial:
Multicoat: If you wear prescription lenses, ensure that your lenses have a quality multicoat on them with help reduce glare and improve contrast in all conditions, including at night. A multicoat also minimisees reflections from lights, such as those from car head lights and traffic lights, as well as fluorescents and even digital devices. If you spend any time on digital devices you should always have multicoated lenses.
ulticoated lenses, yellow tinted lenses reduce contrast, making it more comfortable to deal with bright lights in the dark,