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New Contact Lens technology could help reduce nighttime glare

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Nighttime driving can be a daunting task. The stark contrast between darkness and bright light creates visual conditions that are less than ideal for drivers.

The fact is, the human eye is not designed with night vision in mind. Our eyes are not well equipped to adjust to low-light situations, and the glare of oncoming headlights and streetlights only makes it harder for our eyes to adapt.

But what if protecting your eyes from sunlight during the day could improve our ability to see at night?

The American Automobile Association (AAA) supports this notion, stating that wearing sunglasses during the day is an essential measure in protecting our eyes from nighttime glare. The AAA explains that prolonged exposure to sunlight can temporarily affect your visibility at night and cause eyestrain.

The findings of a recent Johnson & Johnson Vision study show that new photochromic contact lens technology could also be beneficial in protecting against light-related eye strain and help nighttime drivers. The 2018 study looks at the impact of the contact lenses on daytime and nighttime driving performance.

The study explores the new technology in the Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology contact lens, a first-of-its-kind photochromic contact lens.

According to the study, individuals wearing the photochromic contact lenses performed equally, if not better, than those wearing clear contact lenses.

Unlike clear contact lenses, the photochromic contact lenses can adapt to the wearers lighting environment. The contact lenses can act in place of sunglasses and protect the wearer from light-related eye strain.

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions contact lenses are available NOW at a Dr. Bishop & Associates location near you or order the contact lenses at

Be among the first to experience this revolutionary contact lens by calling 403.974.3937 (EYES), or stopping by one of our three Calgary locations.

Written by Donald Bishop

In addition to his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo, Dr. Bishop also earned his pharmacological therapeutics certification from Northeastern State University of Oklahoma. He graduated in 1983 and has been practising optometry in Alberta ever since.

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