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Night Vision Improvements With Colored Lenses: Fact Or Fiction?

By Edited Oct 12, 2015 0 1

Poor Night Vision? Colored Lenses May Be Your Solution!

Many people have less-than-perfect vision and use various prosthetics to help them improve their eyesight. Their eyewear prescription may have to be adjusted multiple times before the perfect prescription has been found, this is not uncommon, especially for those wearing glasses for the first time, or those who are having frequent vision changes. Some people prefer simple, basic eyewear. Other people prefer to be fashionable and purchase designer eyeglass frames. In addition, there are a variety of special coatings that can be applied to your lenses to help enhance your vision. Some prescriptions are to help improve nighttime vision. Often, someone who has difficulty seeing in the daytime and night may have two different prescriptions to wear. Of these, there are many people who are able to make night vision improvements with the use of colored lenses.

For those who favor stylish frames, there are many online stores that offer discount designer eyewear and frames. Many of the larger eyeglass stores offer promotions and discounts to entice customers into purchasing their frames through them. Be sure to verify that your prescription will work with the frames you are considering before you make your purchase. If you're not sure that your prescription and frames are compatible, speak with your eye doctor before you buy.

If you have ever tried yellow tinted protective eyewear, say at a shooting range or to protect your eyes from chemical spray, you may notice an improvement in the clarity of your vision. No, it wasn't your imagination- it was real. This is a common phenomenon in people who don't wear prescription lenses. Doctors are still trying to figure out how colored lenses can improve someone's night vision. Many people choose to buy yellow colored lenses or light pink colored lenses to wear when they drive at night. Night time driving comes with its own set of risks, sometimes bright lights and starring may be enough to cause such a visual obstruction that the person is unable to drive safely. Wearing special lenses for night vision can help reduce or eliminate dangerous starring and glare. Starring and glare can be so distracting that it can be impossible to drive safely at night.

If you have excellent daytime vision, but have some difficulty seeing at night, you may want to consider purchasing colored lenses to see if they improve your night vision. You can do this inexpensively by purchasing some sunglasses that have a light colored tint. Sunglasses will often have different colored lenses that you can experiment with, so that you can find the one that works best for you. Start with a lightly tinted yellow lens and see if it helps you. If the lenses are tinted too heavily, you may not be able to see well at night. If you find that your night vision is better without the colored lenses as opposed to with the colored lenses, remove the eyewear immediately and make an appointment to see your eye doctor as soon as possible.

It is not yet understood how colored lenses can improve night vision, however there are many people that feel colored lenses improve their vision more than prescription lenses or contact lenses. Colored lenses may not work for everyone, but are definitely worth a try. It is important to get your vision checked on a regular basis, especially if you're having trouble seeing at night. Make appointment to speak with your doctor and obtain an eye exam as soon as you can. If your doctor doesn't suggest it, ask if wearing colored lenses can help you with your night vision.

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Colored Lenses May Improve Night Vision


Feb 23, 2013 11:33am
'It is not yet understood how colored lenses can improve night vision'. This is totally incorrect. What is not understood is why some people think that using coloured lenses improves night vision when tests carried out in many parts of the world show that night vision is in fact impaired by using these lenses.
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