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All About Anti-Glare Lenses for Night Driving

Posted by Dr. Danny P. Malone on Aug 3, 2016 8:30:00 AM

If you’re starting to have challenges with your night driving due to glare and halos around light sources, such as on-coming headlights, it’s time to check in with your optometrist. 

First, we’ll want to conduct an eye examination to make sure the problems aren’t coming from cataracts that may be developing as you age. Second, we’ll help you explore the full range of approaches to minimizing glare and improving your night driving.

Anti-Glare Lenses

night drivingThese use an anti-reflective (AR) coating to virtually eliminate reflections from both the front and back of your glasses. 

Maximizing Light 

Depending on the type of lenses in your glasses, they may be reflecting from 8% to 12% of the light hitting them (plastic to high-index lenses). That means that only 92–88% of the available light is reaching your eyes. This can be very challenging at night when the light is already at a very low level.

Adding an anti-reflective coating allows a full 99.5% of available light to reach your eyes. 

Minimizing Glare

The coating, as its name implies, also reduces glare. So those nighttime halos and glare are reduced substantially. And that reduction happens from both the back and the front of your lenses. So headlights coming from behind are less distracting since far less light is being reflected off your lenses.

Not only does the anti-reflective coating reduce incoming glare, but it reduces the reflections off your glasses that others see. So your they look clear and nearly invisible, making you look your best in all lighting.

Improve Your Night Driving

There are a number of other ways you can improve your night driving, including keeping your car windows clean, driving defensively, and even trying to avoid driving at night. 

When it comes to improving your vision, including night time vision, Vision Source Plano should be your first stop. We can provide the perfect prescription, the best lenses and frames, as well as the optimum lens coating to meet your needs.

Use our contact form or call us at 972-612-2099.

Disclaimer: The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. 

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