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Avoid Annoying Reflection While Driving With Anti-glare Glasses

By Essilor Canada

driving a car with glasses to avoid glare

Clear sight is imperative for safe driving, since almost 90 percent of our reaction ability while driving relies on it. Unfortunately, our ability to see clearly decreases when we’re distracted by glare. Glare is any light source that doesn’t help you see better, but instead interferes with your vision. During the day it may be caused by sources like sun and snow, while at night you might encounter it when faced with headlights and traffic lights.  

Daytime Driving and Sun Glare

Have you ever been blinded by the light… of sun glare while driving? Sun glare is especially prevalent right after sunrise or just before sunset, when the sun can create visual illusions and make the road ahead much harder to see.

The effects of sun glare are compounded when the sun reflects off snow and ice to create snow blindness, a common form of photokeratitis. Photokeratitis is a painful eye condition caused by overexposure to UV rays. Snow blindness is like having a sunburn, or more specifically, a sunburned cornea and conjunctiva. And like a sunburn, symptoms aren’t usually recognized until well after the damage has occurred and may include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Blurriness
  • Tearing
  • Gritty feeling or sensation that something is “in” the eye
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Headaches
  • Seeing halos
  • Small pupils
  • Eyelid twitching
  • (Rarely) Temporary vision loss and seeing colour differently

You can avoid sun glare and snow blindness by wearing sunglasses, using your visor, tinting your windows (specialty auto repair shops will do it for a few hundred dollars), keeping your windshield clean inside and out, and avoiding storing papers or other items on your dashboard. While driving, slow down, leave more space between you and others, and use the lane markings if you’re having a hard time seeing the road. You can also pull over and wait for the sun to reposition if it’s particularly blinding. 

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Nighttime Driving and Glare

Night driving affects many aspects of vision, including contrast, depth perception, colour recognition, and peripheral vision. That’s not to mention glare, often caused by headlights and traffic lights, which can cause you to squint and lose sight of objects in the distance.

The best treatment for nighttime glare is to schedule a visit with your eyecare professional and ask about anti-glare night driving glasses, such as lenses with Crizal anti-glare coating. Additionally, it’s helpful to clean your headlights, as well as all mirrors and glass surfaces in your car, “flip” your rearview mirror at night, and avoid looking directly into the headlights of oncoming traffic, using the lane markers off to the right to help guide you instead. Also, it really is possible to “outrun” your headlights, so be sure to reduce your speed and allow extra time when driving an unfamiliar route. 

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Crizal Coated Lenses Fight Off All Glare, Day and Night

Crizal coated lenses are designed to give you the clearest vision possible, reducing daytime and nighttime glare, snow blindness, and even UV light. Best of all, you can combine Crizal with other lens technologies, like our Xperio® polarized prescription sunglasses, or Transitions® lenses, which automatically darken and return to clear in response to changing light. With lenses that have Crizal anti-glare coating, you’ll be ready to take on the roads with ease, and free to go wherever life takes you.