How to Reduce Glare When Driving at Night by Dr Brendan McCreesh

If bright headlights and glare bother you when you drive at night, you’re not alone – and the great news is you don’t need to continue suffering!  With the right lens in your glasses, you can greatly reduce the level of glare from traffic headlights, traffic lights and street lamps when driving at night.

Discomfort whilst driving is a common occurrence with changes in light causing eye sensitivity.  It is well documented that more accidents happen at night with 25% of car journeys taking place at night.  According to research, drivers experience visual discomfort from the glare of oncoming headlights, affecting not just their ability to see, but also their ability to react to changes on the road in lower light conditions.

Many drivers over the age of 50 complain of glare, and it is interesting to note that it takes a 15-year-old 1 second for their eyes to recover from glare, compared to 9 seconds for a 65-year-old.

One of the most common adult complaints about vision that I receive during eye tests is difficulty with night time driving.  This complaint can include blur after the sun sets, glare from headlights, ‘night-blindness’, difficulty remaining in the lane of traffic, and difficulty reading road signs at night.

New ‘Crizal Drive’ Driving Lenses at McBride and McCreesh Opticians

To tackle this, a new spectacle lens called ‘Crizal Drive’ has just been launched by Essilor – one of the world’s leading lens manufacturers.  These lenses offer impeccable clarity of vision during night driving, and reduce glare by approximately 90% when compared to other reflection free lenses.

Having to travel at night myself, I have tried the lenses and am very impressed by the sharpness of vision they offer and the greater visual comfort achieved.  I also noticed an improvement in my ability to see when entering a street-lit area.  Yellow coloured street lights have always added to the ‘glare affect’ causing visual discomfort, however with the new ‘Crizal Drive’ lenses this has virtually eliminated all the discomforting glare, giving me crisper sharper vision at night.

The ‘Crizal Drive’ lens can also be combined with a ‘Transitions XTRActive’ lens, which activates a tint on the lens to darken to protect the eyes from the sun’s glare for example at sunset. It is also available in a varifocal design enabling wearers to naturally and easily shift their focus between the road, and the dashboard.

By Brendan McCreesh Ph.D. BSc (Hons) MCOptom

If you would like to improve your vision whilst driving at night or simply reduce the strain on your eyes, come and talk to us at McBride and McCreesh Opticians.  To book an appointment call us on 028 66322524 or click here.  We look forward to welcoming you.