The nights are drawing in and winter is on its way. 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.

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.

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.  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.

September 2019