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Night vision problems?

We are very excited about a new anti-glare coating on the market:  Crizal Drive from Essilor.  This was designed specifically for those of you that experience night vision problems.  


few facts about Night blindness

Night blindness is also called “nyctalopia.” People with night blindness experience poor vision at night or in dimly lit environments.

Some types of night blindness are treatable, and other types aren’t. A visit to your optometrist will determine the underlying cause of your vision impairment. Once you know the cause of the problem, you can take steps to correct your vision.

A number of eye conditions can cause night blindness, including:

  • Uncorrected refractive error, e.g being nearsighted or having astigmatism, but not using updated prescription lenses
  • Cataracts, or clouding of the eye’s lens. Decreased night vision is often a first symptom of a cataract. 
  • Vitamin A or zinc deficiency – If you suffer from this, be sure to include the right vegetables in your diet, or take a vitamin supplement.  Vitamin A is found in carrots and yellow or green leafy vegetables.  Sources of zinc includes beef, poultry, beans and nuts.
  • Age-related – Our pupils shrink and don’t dilate as much in the dark as we age, reducing the amount of light entering the eye. To get the maximum amount of light into the eye without distracting lens reflections, older drivers can have an anti-reflective coating applied to their eyeglasses for the best night vision possible.
  • LASIK surgery problems
  • Other eye diseases, e.g retinitis pigmentosa, Usher syndrome, Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glare and reflection on your glasses – Lights create more reflections and glare on our glasses at night. On the road, they can come from all directions and common sources like headlights, traffic lights, and street lamps. Especially when you’re driving at night, the additional reflections and glare can impact your vision and create discomfort.

An eye evaluation will help to determine the reason for your poor night vision.  Depending on the cause, it is very important to make sure your glasses are up to date.  An anti-glare coating will also make a big difference in giving you more comfortable night vision.

We are very excited about a new anti-glare coating on the market:  Crizal Drive from Essilor.  Crizal Drive lenses are specially designed to help you see clearly for a smoother ride at night.  This coating is available now at our practice.

Please click here for more details on the coating.


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