Driving lenses: Keep your eyes on the road

The new crop of specialist ophthalmic driving lenses fit a niche that many didn’t appreciate was there. A decent anti-reflection coating used to manage night time glare experienced while driving, but the new range of lenses on the market incorporate more coating technology than ever before and can improve visual performance and safety



Hoya says it’s the eyes that are bearing the brunt of an increasing amount time spent on the roads. Ninety per cent of a driver’s reaction time depends on vision, the company adds, so impaired vision means slower reaction times.

Launched earlier this year at Optrafair, Hoya’s Enroute lens is designed specifically to minimise stress placed on the visual system of the motorist.

At the heart of the new lens is a new glare filter, said to enhance comfort and confidence on the road. Like other driving lenses, the filter specifically cuts light in the blue spectrum, reducing light scatter and distracting glare from the dashboard, streetlights and the headlights of oncoming traffic. At the same time, it enhances the transmittance of necessary light, improving contrast and brightness perception. The result, says Hoya, is more comfortable, relaxed vision even in low-light, bad weather and other stressful driving situations.

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