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The Challenges Of Driving At Night

I'm sure you have all noticed that the road looks very different at night than it does in the day. Not only is it harder to see because of the darkened surroundings, but the glare of oncoming headlights can momentarily blind us to the curves of the road and obstacles in our way. And even if you feel confident in your ability to adjust to these conditions, other drivers around you may not be as confident in their own driving.

Aging Introduces New Difficulties

As we grow older, our night vision worsens .We have fewer rods (light-sensitive cells in our eyes that distinguish between light and dark) to detect objects in low light and our eyes’ lenses become stiffer and cloudier. Other conditions such as astigmatism can also make it difficult to see at night, affecting peripheral vision and depth perception and worsening glare.

Changes In Your Eyesight

Other factors such as halo effects, blurred, dim, or cloudy vision, or increased glare , they could be early symptoms of eye problems that will make it harder for you to drive safely at night. Another one to watch out for is eye fatigue. Even if you can see perfectly well, that won’t do much good if you struggle to focus while on the road.

It’s not uncommon for people to find driving at night stressful: visibility is limited and the field of vision is consistently high contrast. Aging drivers, in particular, have issues with decreased night vision and dealing with glare from street lights and oncoming headlights. Driving safety at night is a concern for all of us, but the technology to make things better is usually left in the hands of car manufacturers.

Zeiss is a name usually associated with high-end camera lenses, but they’re also responsible for an impressive range of optic lenses for vision care. Their Zeiss DriveSafe eyewear lenses have been created to make driving at night safer.

Though the lenses are perfectly clear, you can see a purplish reflection on them. The Duravision Drivesafe coating reduces perceived glare by an incredible 64%, substantially more than other anti-reflective coatings. Glare from LED and Xenon lights, in particular, is reduced by DriveSafe lenses. The cutting-edge lenses have been designed around calculations of the increased pupil size during dark conditions.

These lenses are available in single-vision and progressive designs. With standard progressive lenses, midrange areas — like the car dashboard and mirrors — aren’t in sharp focus. The Zeiss lenses are designed to give up to a 43% larger mid-distance zone so that glancing to the dashboard and mirrors is easier than ever. The straight-ahead vision zone (out the windshield) is 14% larger, providing a broader view of what’s down the road. With Zeiss Drivesafe lenses, keeping things in focus requires less movement or tipping of the head. The optimized progressive structure of the lenses is useful beyond driving—some users find it perfect for glancing down at their mobile phones, or for working at a computer.

With remarkable lenses like these, Zeiss continues to push the optics market forward and makes the roads safer for everybody. Our team members are trained to help find the right solutions for your needs. Call us if you have any questions - 704-821-5009 or for an appointment .