Night Driving Glasses

Night driving glasses are a vital tool for people with impaired vision who must drive a vehicle after dark.

The most popular ones feature a special yellow sodium tint.

No doubt, if you have been driving at night in the past several years, you have noticed a definite increase in the intensity and variety of headlights on the cars around you. You might have even opted for some of these new headlights on your new car in an effort to increase your visibility at night, lighting up more of the road ahead of you.

Unfortunately, as headlights have grown brighter, drivers have begun reporting they are being distracted by the brighter headlights, which has sometimes resulted in unintentional vehicle crashes. The new lights are definitely brighter, but when they are on the car behind you, the glare in your rear view mirror can be more than you can tolerate.


Night driving glasses are designed to reduce reflection and glare. 

To prevent this you can adjust your rear view mirror, but this will not help you when the brighter headlights are on the vehicle coming at you. For this you need a pair of night driving glasses.

That’s right. They now make sunglasses specially designed for cutting the glare of bright lights you pass at night, when your eyes are most sensitive to the light. These are far more than just dark sunglasses you might wear during the daytime, because these glasses must allow your eyes to see what is ahead of you.

These useful driving glasses have a special reflective coating on the inside and outside of the lens, which is meant to reflect most of the sharp glare from the oncoming headlights. In this way, they reduce the brightness to a level of what you might encounter during normal daylight driving, yet still allow you to see what’s ahead of you and around you.

The anti-reflective coating is what makes this possible. It cuts down the glare and gives you the ability to perhaps even see better at night than you do in the daytime.

Do yellow glasses impair night driving vision?

Finding the Right Night Driving Glasses for You

Before you buy a pair of night driving glasses, you need to consider exactly what will work best for you. You definitely don’t want to make driving at night any harder than it has to be.

You want to improve your ability to see at night, not make it more difficult!

Start your search for the right pair of driving glasses at your optometrist’s office. Your optometrist will be able to properly and correctly evaluate your vision, and determine just how much night vision assistance your eyes need.

The need for night driving glasses gets more urgent as we get older.

Be certain you explain any problems you are having seeing at night, especially when it comes to driving. If it is the glare of oncoming headlights that upsets you, tell your optometrist this. If your problem is difficulty seeing in the dark in general, explain this too.

Your optometrist will be able to explain your options, especially when it comes to finding the perfect pair of night driving glasses. You want a pair that will do what you need them to do, without limiting your ability to see at night. Do yourself a favor and don’t just rush out and buy the first pair you come across. You need just the right pair of high quality, comfortable and effective glasses for you.

Controversy over best glasses for night driving

Where to Find Them

There are a number of places on the internet where you can buy a pair of these life saving glasses, but not all of these dealers are reputable, and many sell glasses which are not much more than sun shades.

Night driving glasses come in a variety of shapes, colors and designs.

If you take your time and find just the right type of glasses, you can get a pair which not only perform the function you need them too, but will also look great on you.

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Updated: June 4, 2013 — 10:18 am

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