Optic Topic by Steven A. Queenan at Regional Eye Optical – Week of September 5, 2021
There is little question that highway vehicles have become safer to drive over the last few decades. At the same time, older drivers should make sure that their visual acuity keeps pace with automotive safety advancements. With this in mind, some might believe that yellow – or amber-tinted prescription lenses would help older drivers to see well at night.
However, yellow lenses may improve vision in hazy conditions, but they are neither effective against headlight glare nor should they be worn at dusk or night.
The best option for improving night vision behind the wheel is an application of an “anti-reflective (AR) coating” on prescription driving glasses. An AR coating reduces glare without reducing light transmission through the lenses. Anti-reflective lens coatings reduce internal glare that might be otherwise reflected into drivers’ eyes from the backs of their eyeglass lenses.
Use only the cleaning agents recommended by your eye care professional, as anti-reflective treatments are delicate by design. They work well for sunglasses too – but as a general rule should only be applied to the back side of the lens to eliminate glare reflected around the sides of the frame.
To learn more, please call REGIONAL EYE OPTICAL 320-587-6309. We are located just inside Regional Eye Center at 1455 Montreal Street, SE in Hutchinson, MN. Our business hours are:
Mon. & Thurs. 8:00am – 7:30pm
Tues. & Wed. 8:00am – 5:30pm
Fri. 8:00am – 1:00pm