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Night Vision Glasses | Night Driving

Updated on August 18, 2014

Contrast glasses for rainy days and night driving

Contrast enhancing driving glasses and some types of safety eyeglasses are often called night vision glasses. While most have a yellow, amber or peach tint, there are also clear driving eyeglasses that reduce glare mainly through polarization.

Yellow driving glasses are very effective during cloudy and rainy conditions as well as dusk. However - you should not use any type of tinted glasses in pure darkness.

Contrast enhancing eyeglass use goes beyond motorsports and driving and the yellow versions are also popular shooting glasses. Peach and amber tint is popular with golfers. Clear, polarized lenses that do not lower light levels (such as those offered by Viper Driving Glasses with three sets of lenses) are the only type of eyewear that you should use during true night conditions.

Polarized driving glasses are also a good option as fishing glasses since the polarization (without too much tint) lets you see through the surface reflections.

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Exclusive Serengeti Driver and Aviator Glasses

The Serengeti collection offers top-notch glasses with Italian styling suitable for driving and flying. Available in many different styles with or without gradient tints. Most of these are tinted for day driving but the superior style and quality makes me include them. Serengeti Sunglasses have lots and lots of models to choose from.

Night vision eyeglass pros and cons.

Although they are called night vision or night driving glasses, the tinted versions that are most popular should NOT be used during night driving.

Tinted night vision eyewear increase contrast and the downside of this is that headlight coming your way becomes even brighter and can be distracting. On top of this, any coloring of the glass blocks some light and can make it harder to see details during dark conditions.

Things to consider about night vision glasses

Yellow and amber night vision eyewear increases contrast in dull lighting conditions.

Added contrast makes it easier to see roadside details in dull light.

Higher contrast has a positive effect on gauging distance to objects and vehicles..

Night vision glasses do not offer image enhancement like true IR goggles.

Colored eyeglasses are not recommended for night driving.

Contrast enhancing glasses make oncoming headlights brighter.

As a rule of thumb, what is generally called night vision glasses, or driving eyeglasses, should not be used in bright sunlight or during night, but are safe and very effective during cloudy conditions, dusk and dawn.

Check out the pics I took below that show the effect of my yellow biker glasses. The first shows the light conditions, and the second is shot though the yellow glass lens:

High-contrast driving eyeglass demo

High-contrast driving eyeglass demo
High-contrast driving eyeglass demo

Sports eyewear for women by Oakley

Oakley Breast Cancer Commit SQ,Polished Black w/G30 Iridium
Oakley Breast Cancer Commit SQ,Polished Black w/G30 Iridium

Nice pair of sports eyeglasses for women by Oakley with pink tinted high definition glass. Does pink enhance contrast? Yes. Not as effective as yellow or amber but style also matters sometimes. These look awesome!


Just normal sunglasses - made of wood!

Contrast enhancing glasses are great for driving, but less so for the beach and regular use on bright sunny days. that's where a "normal" set of sunshades do the job better. The Woodzee sunglasses are currently my favorite when it comes to style and ingenuity. Made of wood, these shades are ecological, truly unique, and look awesome. Best pair of sunglasses under 100 dollars!

Polarized transition night driving glasses

Polarized eyewear for driving
Polarized eyewear for driving

These Night Driving Glasses with Polarized Transition Glass can really be called night vision glasses because the polarizing effect reduces glare and the clear transition glass has minimal degradation on visibility during total darkness.

The transition glass changes the shading depending upon the light levels and can therefore also be used during daytime.

These may not be the cheapest driving glasses for sale perhaps but they are worth every penny in my book offering anti-glare functionality during night and contrast enhancing features during dusk and cloudy days. I also like the neutral styling of these driving glasses.

Computer gaming eyewear for driving?

high contrast computer eyewear
high contrast computer eyewear

It might sound weird but computer glasses (used to enhance contrast and clarity while gaming) do an excellent job as day and night driving glasses.

Made to be worn comfortably for long durations, the Gunnar computer eyewear are stylish and effective.

Night Driving Riding Padded Motorcycle Glasses 011 Black Frame with Yellow Lenses
Night Driving Riding Padded Motorcycle Glasses 011 Black Frame with Yellow Lenses

Although these kinds of glasses are labeled night-driving - they also do a great job as bike glasses during cloudy days - and in rain!


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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      My son who's learning how to drive could sure use one! Thanks for this nice feature.

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      click2CYtoday 3 years ago

      Thanks for the info - I didn't even know these were available!

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      michelleroe 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recommendation. I might get a pair of night vision glasses myself!

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      anandma 5 years ago

      that was pretty informative. thanks

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      Hi.... What a great review of Night Vision Glasses, thanks for sharing this very informative review page.

      Liked and Blessed. :)

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      @editionh: I agree, none of these glasses will perform in true night conditions. Best use is dusk, dawn, heavy rain, fog and such conditions.

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      I think i need a night vision glasses since i do ride motorcycle!

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      My neighbor was just talking about getting glasses for better driving at night

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      editionh 5 years ago

      I bought some of those and have to say that they are pretty useless for driving a car at night. They reduce glare, but with that you lose sight too which means you might not be blinded that much by oncoming cars but at the same time you see less in a distance. Lesson learned: there are no miracles :).

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent content. I know sometimes the glare can get to you on the highway, these might be well worth buying. Useful information.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I didn't know these existed. I could use these for driving if I could find some prescription lenses.

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      mikes-cool-stuff 5 years ago

      I never knew about these glasses. Nice lens. I want to also thank you for liking one of my lenses.

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. Thanks!

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      @WildFacesGallery: They really work. I use my pair of yellows all the time on the bike. Just remember to not use them in total darkness - clear polarize glasses are better for true night driving.

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      lilpixiedust 5 years ago

      Looking cool night glasses. Might consider getting one for family member.

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      Interesting. I often have trouble making out details at dusk. Perhaps I should into this.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Fascinating stuff here! Thanks for sharing!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting lens. I do not drive at night because of that reason. I cannot see the road with on coming traffic lights. Thanks for sharing.