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Are yellow lens sunglasses suitable for driving at night?

As yellow lens sunglasses can increase the light contrast, are they suitable for driving at night to help me see better?
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  • giles


    No. It is an all common misconception that the yellow lenses are beneficial to the night driving. The thought is, the yellow or amber color reduces glare and improves contrast. However, in reality, when driving at night or dusk in already limited lighting conditions, ANY tint further reduces the amount of light transmitted to the eye, and consequently, further impairs vision. The problem is compounded as the yellow tint gives the wearer the impression they are seeing better, when in fact the reverse is actually true.While yellow lenses can be effective for foggy or hazy daylight conditions, they are not effective against headlight glare and should not be worn at dusk or night. If glare from headlights is a problem, the first step should be a thorough eye examination, as this could be an early indication of cataracts or other medical conditions.The best option for night time driving is a pair of spectacles with clear lenses and an AR coating. The AR coating is beneficial in two ways. First, it minimizes internal reflections within the lenses, reducing halo problems, and second, it increases the transmittance of light through the lens to the eye. However, it is important to note, if a person does not normally wear spectacles, AR coated lenses, or any other type of night driving glasses will not improve night vision, as AR coatings only minimize aberrations that are inherent in ophthalmic lenses and night driving glasses will simply serve to introduce those abberations to the wearer's vision.
  • Eric quick


    No, i don't think yellow lenses sunglasses are good choices for driving at night. You can buy especially night vision glasses for driving. Though sunglasses with yellow lenses can increase contrast in hazy, foggy or low-light conditions to help people get comfortable vision, yellow lenses can cause color distortion that may make you can't judge traffic lights correctly. So, you'd better not wear it for driving.
  • Diane Bradstock


    No. Although yellow tinted glasses help improve the contrast in low-light condition, they are not suitable for night driving because they can reduce the transmittance, which can affect the driver's vision. If you get yellow tinted glasses for night driving, you may find it hard to see things clearly. As far as I am concered, the best glasses for night driving is the regular glasses with anti reflective coating on them.

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