Yellow lens glasses – can they help when driving at night?

Yellow lens glasses – can they help when driving at night?

We sell yellow polarised glasses that are useful for fishing, cycling and night driving. Not everyone agrees that yellow lenses are helpful for driving at night and to our knowledge there has not been any ‘definitive’ research undertaken. This YouTube video by ‘Doctor Eye Health’ is worth watching.

His conclusions broadly being that if you are driving at dusk or twilight they will help and they also help counter the dazzle caused by oncoming headlights, but on unlit roads in the dark they will not help. Other good points made in the video:

  • a yellow lens is still a tint and as such will limit some light entering the lenses so they cannot possibly be as good as a clear lens in dark, night time conditions with no ambient light
  • yellow is a very high contrast colour which means it sharpens up the field of vision – good if your eyes are tired

Overall, we think this assessment by Doctor Eye Health is fair and balanced.  

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