Wearing Sunglasses at Night

To the ultra-hip, ultra-cool and ultra-trendy (or at least, those who think they are all that), wearing sunglasses at night is the "in" thing to do. Wearing sunglasses at night can make you look hot, stylish and fashionable. If you are into partying, clubbing and bar-hopping, wearing sunglasses allows you to hold off unwanted attention from people you do not want to talk to, because sunglasses literally hide your face and make you look intimidating.

Unfortunately, wearing sunglasses at night also impairs your vision, and being unable to see at night is not a hip thing at all.

Some people, however, opt to put shades on at night not out of any desire to look cool and trendy, but rather out of necessity. Light from streetlamps, headlights or any other light source outdoors and reflecting off the surface of the street often results in glares. Glares can distract and cause visibility problems, which can be hazardous when one is driving at night. Some people with night vision problems see wearing sunglasses as a means to cope with these glares.

However, most eye experts see wearing sunglasses at night as a wrong and even dangerous way of compensating for nighttime glares. Sunglasses, even those fitted with the so-called night-driving lenses, actually inhibit our ability to see at night. Most of these night-driving lenses are just amber-tinted glasses with anti-reflective coating. This type of sunglasses can be worn safely when driving under hazy or foggy conditions, but never at night.

Instead of wearing sunglasses at night, there are other ways of dealing with the nighttime glare. These ways mostly involve getting clean – making sure that your windshield is clean, as well as the eyeglasses you that use at night, not to mention your headlights. Dirt and dust on these glass surfaces make the light waves scatter and create a sort of halo effect, which in turn contributes to the glare.

If the nighttime glare really bothers you, you are better off visiting your ophthalmologist for prescription lenses that can improve your night vision. Wearing these prescription lenses will be of more help to you than wearing sunglasses at night.

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