As nights draw in, it is a good time to think about the challenges of night driving

22nd October

The nights are drawing in and Winter is on its way. Many people find that they don’t feel comfortable driving at night and reorganise their travel to avoid night driving. While others drive at night but feel less confident. This can be due to many factors.

Rodenstock Road

Around 75% of motorists report feeling stress when driving in the dark.  This is because night vision is different from the ability to see in the daylight.  The loss of ‘colour’ messages reaching your eyes in twilight and nightfall stretches them to the limit of their capacity.  The problem is amplified by the increased sensitivity to glare and light entering dilated pupils. Contact lense wearers also find that some contact lenses are less effective in the dark.

The improved visibility of modern xenon and LED headlights comes with an increased light density and luminance. To most people these headlights therefore feel brighter and more blinding.

If you are bothered by glare from car headlights when driving, the good news is that there are now new advances in spectacle lens design to combat the challenges of night-driving.

Firstly, there are Essilor Crizal Drive and Rodenstock Road.  Both newly developed special lens coatings which significantly reduce irritating glare and reflections from oncoming traffic and wet road surfaces and specifically modern xenon and LED headlights.  They’ll make your vision feel as relaxed as possible when driving at night.

Essilor Crizal Drive

Another innovation is Essilor’s Road Pilot which is fine-tuned to meet your specific needs when driving.  The design adds extra definition for distance vision and eliminates blurred edges in the periphery.  The varifocal version of Essilor’s Road Pilot lens provides an improved intermediate field of vision which means optimal vision for all the displays on your dashboard and sat nav.

If you’d like to maximise your vision when driving and minimise visual stress and glare, then these are the lenses for you. These are all worth thinking about when you consider the challenges of country road driving; whether it is avoiding wildlife, anticipating potholes and fallen trees or struggling in the driving rain, there are clear benefits to getting behind the wheel with the best vision possible.

The Melina Joy Opticians team are on hand to answer your questions and let you know more about your suitability for these lenses.  Just call the practice on 01435 868181 for more details.