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Updated on 12 April 2022 • Chelsea from Kraywoods


Driving in the middle of the night can be stressful for many people. If the roads are dark and little light is shown, how can we make our vision better? The sight of opposing cars does not make it any better. Would you believe us if we said we had an eyewear solution? Night driving glasses or blue light glasses are specifically made eyewear to help the people who drive at night or dusk.

Are they similar to any other pair of eyewear? Yes with a slight difference. They are equipped with heavily tinted yellow lenses. The former serve as night driving aids as their bright tint can help you see clearly in the darkness. However, many people question their use. Do they actually work? You see it as a myth and we're here to change your mind! Let's explore in details the night driving glasses:

  1. What Are Night Driving Glasses?
  2. Can Anyone Wear Night Driving Glasses?
  3. What is Night Blindness: Causes and Symptoms.
  4. Do Night Glasses Work?
  5. The Downsides of Night Driving Glasses.
  6. What Are The Best Ways to Drive at Night?
  7. Other Solutions for Night Driving Vision.  

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1. What Are Night Driving Glasses?

As mentioned earlier, night driving glasses are made for those who drive at night. They are non-prescriptive glasses containing yellow-tinted lenses. The former range in different shades starting with light yellow to amber. Also, some night driving glasses have an anti-reflective layer to block out internal reflections of light from streetlights or headlights. Some people even use polarized glasses that can help reduce glare from oncoming traffic.

How do these glasses work though? They are made to decrease glare by filtering and scattering out blue light. In case you are unfamiliar with the term, blue light is a piece of the light range with the unswerving wavelength and the principal amount of energy. Unlike the other sorts of light, blue light is highly expected to cause glare when it actually enters the eye. That's why, people do themselves a favor and end up buying blue light blocking glasses for driving.

Night driving glasses with yellow tinted lenses

2. Can Anyone Wear Night Driving Glasses?

Do you know when was the first night-vision device created? The idea started with goggles. They were first introduced in the German army in 1939 to be later used in World War II. The technology has evolved greatly as night-vision devices were wanted by many.

From goggles to eyewear, night driving glasses have been largely produced for several decades now. The yellow-tinted glasses were formerly made for hunters as shooting glasses. To this day, they continue to be popular among them. They have improved and sharpened the contrast of flying birds in the sky in bad weather conditions.

So, the question remains. Does everyone need glasses for driving at night to reduce glare? Well, those who have vision problems can experience the need for night driving glasses. Also, the ones who suffer from night blindness are in need of night driving glasses.

Woman wearing night glasses for hunting and is holding  a rifle gun

3. What is Night Blindness: Causes and Symptoms.

Night Blindness can also be referred to as Nyctalopia. It is a condition that makes it difficult for people to see clearly in low-light situations like nighttime and driving at nighttime. If you suffer from night blindness then you certainly experience weakness in vision. However that doesn't mean you can't see anything at all. Don't let the word "blindness" confuse you!

Night blindness also makes it difficult for the eyes to change over from bright light to dim. For that reason, driving at night with oncoming traffic can be challenging for some people with night blindness. So, what are the common causes for night blindness?

  1. Vitamin A Deficiency.
  2. Glaucoma: It is a common eye condition. It refers to the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, being damaged.
  3. Cataracts: It is a progressive, painless clouding of the natural, internal lens of the eye.
  4. Myopia: It is the inability to see people or objects close to you.
  5. Retinitis Pigmentosa: It is a chronic hereditary eye condition characterized by the gradual degeneration of the retina.
Night blindness vision

Does night blindness show any symptoms? If you have been feeling any of the following, you might need to get yourself checked out. Keep in mind that the type of symptom depends on the cause.

  1. Headaches
  2. Eye Pain
  3. Nausea
  4. Vomiting
  5. Cloudy Vision
  6. Sensitivity to Bright Lights
  7. Difficulty Seeing into Distance.
Man driving a car at night with the roads blurry and dashboard showing

4. Do Night Glasses Work?

More than a decade ago, night driving glasses were first introduced to the market. They were presented as a solution to the dangers of long night-time rides. You know how travelling at night can be a challenge, even for professional drivers. They slowly gained popularity. People realized their need of light sensitivity glasses for driving. But, what was the result of many years of research? It has been exposed that night glasses are not as effective and useful as you might think.

It has been proven that the usage of yellow-tinted glasses when driving can do more harm than good. Yellow lenses decrease the amount of light coming into our eye lessening visibility, as a result. During the night, the situation can be detrimental, rather than useful.

Night glasses are available in many shades of amber and yellow. The dark lenses filter out most of the glare and a significant portion of light, making it difficult to see in dim or dark situations. So, night driving glasses to the rescue?

Some users report that they can see better at night when wearing them. Visual tests specify that night driving glasses do not improve any night vision. In addition, they don't even help the drivers see walkers any quicker than they would without having them. Some studies have even shown that night driving glasses slowed down visual impulses by less than a second, making night vision somewhat worse.

road at night

5. The Downsides of Night Driving Glasses

The core of night driving glasses is related to the tint of the lenses. Their heavy yellow tint can enhance your vision at night and lessen the possibility of dangerous glares affecting you.

Here's a question for you: is using any colour-tinted lenses while driving unsafe? The answer is yes. Consider how colours play a large role in your average driving experience. From traffic signs to other vital signs, you see red, yellow, green and orange flashing lights. They are intended to draw your attention for safety while driving. However, if you see everything tinted yellow, you may miss a sign and end up making a wrong decision at a stoplight or, even worse, get into an accident.

Another downside revolve around the glasses themselves. They come with no prescription at all. If you look them up on the market, you will find that most of them are standard non-prescriptive glasses. To have night driving glasses that can correct your vision, you would have to get them customized at an eyewear store. These come at a much higher price. Under the hyped promises of "night vision" features, you can expect prescription night driving glasses to cost an excessive amount. You can find out more about how to take care of your prescription glasses by reading our previous blog!

Traffic lights at night

6. What are The Best Ways to Drive at Night?

Opposing to what the manufacturers of night driving glasses would like you to believe, the best way to progress your night driving experience is to get one of the best anti-glare night driving glasses. Instead of a possibly dangerous yellow tint, anti-glare glasses are purely designed to keep your vision clear and glare-free in all night-driving situations and even in the daytime.

You can find a pair that will be suitable for the road at any optical store! The best part about these glasses is that they don't come with a thick wrap frame and a flashy visor look like most night driving glasses. You can modify and customize any style of glasses with an anti-glare lens, even your everyday prescription glasses.

Vision of the city through anti-reflective lens vs ordinary lens

7. Other Solutions for Night Driving Vision

If you experience difficulty driving at night, there are other solutions that you can consider. Instead of yellow-tinted night driving glasses, we present you other solutions. Which one suits you the most?

  • Get regular eye checkups with your optometrist and make sure to keep your glasses prescription up to date.
  • Ask your ophthalmologist or optometrist about getting an anti-reflective layer on your prescription eyeglasses.
  • Make sure to wipe your eyeglasses down, before driving, with a microfibre cloth to prevent any stains, dirt or dust on your glasses.. If needed, you can also use a cleaning spray for your lenses thoroughly. You can read more about that on our blog: Best Ways to Clean Glasses.
  • Ensure the windshield of your car is clean both inside and out because dirt streaks and dust can increase glare.
  • Replace and change your windshield wipers frequently.
  • Keep your dashboard lights dim so that you avoid eye strain while driving at night.
  • Keep your headlights clean and free of grim or dirt.
  • Make sure to consult and eye doctor if your vision changes depending on light conditions.

8. Night Driving Glasses We Love

As time passes by, people realized the need for night driving glasses. They are available for men and women. Also, you can find them in different glasses shapes that will go well with your style and overall lifestyle. If this is your first time getting night driving glasses, you have come to the right place. We've gathered our favourite night driving glasses for you:

1. Square Glasses

Starting things off with glasses shapes that everyone loves. Square glasses have been around for a long time and they're perfect for night driving glasses. It is true that blue light lenses are involved but that doesn't mean your glasses shapes cannot be trendy. For a darker tone, the Brave Brown Eyeglasses are made for you.

The square glasses are handcrafted from authentic Walnut Wood and are equipped with an aluminum core for extra resistance and durability. These lightweight frames are made for an ensured comfortable fit all night long. As for the design, the classic square glasses include rounded edges and a saddle bridge that is sophisticated and distinct, perfect for a bold and confident look.

The square glasses look great on oval, round, heart and diamond face shapes.

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2. Cat Eye Glasses

We're moving on to our next one on the list of night driving glasses, these are a fan-favourite and the ladies cannot live without them. You probably guessed what we're talking about: The cat eye glasses. They bring out the fearlessness in you, specfically when driving at night. The sophistication of the cat eye glasses will make you see better and look better too! Have a look at the Charm Rose Eyeglasses.

They are handcrafted from authentic Cherry Wood and equipped with an aluminum core for extra resistance and durability. As for the design, these lightweight frames have an upswept cat eye silhouette with rounded edges and subtly winged tips for bold, chic and feminine look. In addition, these styligh two-tone glasses will be sure to add a hint of glamour and confidence to your night looks.

The cat eye glasses look great on round, oval, square, rectangle, heart and oblong face shapes.

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3. Rounded-Square Glasses

Have you ever thought about spicing things up for your night driving glasses? In other words, if you feel torn between two glasses shapes, you can now get one night driving glasses with blue light lenses in a combintion of two standard glasses shapes like the Harmony Brown Eyeglasses.

They are handcrafted from authentic Oak Wood and are equipped with an aluminum core for extra resistance and durability. The rounded square browline glasses combines retro winged tips and a keyhole bridge for a vintage flair with sophisticated and modern aesthetics. These browline glasses are fashion-forward with versatile styling and are perfect for a refined look.

The glasses frames look great on oval, square, rectangle and oblong face shapes.

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4. Aviator Glasses

As mentioned earlier, you can find glasses shapes in different colours. Do you know this fashion rule of owning at least one accessory in black? The colours goes well with everything you wear and for every occasion, including night driving. So, have you thought about getting black aviator glasses? They're great for men and women and the timeless design are oversized too! We're talking about the Purpose Black Eyeglasses.

The aviator glasses are handmade from premium stainless steel and feature autentic Rose Wood temples. These lightweight glasses frames are classic aviators designed with a straight top bar and a raised nose bridge featuring a matte black monochromatic finish for a clean, sharp and polished look. These smooth lines and finishing details are here to stay on-trend as blue light glasses too!

The aviator glasses look great on oval, diamond, round, rectangle, square, oblong and heart face shapes.

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5. Round Glasses

Are you loving our night driving glasses picks so far? We've reached our final two and our next one has been around for a long time. Although people believe the round glasses are outdated, however, they somehow find their way to the top in every eyewear trend especially for blue light glasses. We guarantee that one look at the Joy Rose Gold Eyeglasses and you wouldn't ask for anything else.

The round glasses are handmade from premium stainless steel and feature authentic Ebony Wood temples. These lightweight frames are adaptable to ensure superior fit for driving at night. As for the design, the slimline round glasses have an arc-shaped nose bridge for a classic, minimal look with a touch of retro vibes. The rounded metal rim boasts a shiny gold finish and standout wooden temples for a unique fun touch.

The round glasses look great on rectangle, square, diamond, heart and oblong face shapes.

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6. Geometric Glasses

We've reached our final pick of night driving glasses and they're gaining popularity with a very fast pace. We're talking about the geometric glasses. They can help you bring out the fun side of you while wearing them. One simple try of the geometric glasses like, the Drive Gold Eyeglasses, and you'll have the cars passing next to you go wild.

The geometic glasses are handmade from premium stainless steel and feature authentic Sandal Wood temples for lightweight fit. As for the design, the square aviator glasses frames are designed with straight top bar and a raised nose bridge featuring a monochromatic gold finish for a sharp look. The fine details and premium materials, including blue light lenses, make a sophisticated glasses and a total-must have for your night drives.

The geometric glasses look great on oval, round, heart and diamond face shapes.

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There are many driving accessories available and night driving glasses are one of them. After careful explanation, you can probably be one of the few who actually find the glasses to be useful. You will never know unless you try. But one thing for sure, the lack of visibility at night needs an immediate solution for those with eye conditions and problems.

By Rachad Kabbara