Many people dislike driving at night. It’s something that my patients commonly mention to me at their routine consultations. Night driving is difficult because the human eye has developed to have its best vision at much higher light intensities. Also, eye disease such as cataract and macula degeneration can cause additional glare from oncoming headlights.

Did you know that lights at night can create reflections and glare on our glasses? These reflections and glare disturb our eyes, creating discomfort and lower visual acuity. They can come from all directions and various sources (headlights, traffic lights, streetlamps), turning the driving experience unpleasant and potentially unsafe. Coming into winter we are spending more time on the road in the dark. Many of us don’t feel as comfortable when driving at night. With this in mind, Essilor have created Road Pilot, a lens specifically designed to help make night driving easier. These lenses are optimised specially for driving. they help you enjoy better vision at night or in difficult weather conditions, protect your eyes from reflections and make it easier for you to shift your viewing focus – quickly and often. Road Pilot lenses are equipped with a special, premium anti-reflective coating. This reduces the subjective sensation of glare – e.g., from oncoming vehicles with LED or Xenon headlights – and effectively protects your lenses from scratches and the adhesion of dirt particles.

If you would like to know more about Road Pilot and discover if you might find it beneficial, please contact the practice or ask for more information at your next eye examination.