Night driving entails a variety of challenges, not the least of which is the same cheesy love songs continually popping up on station after station. Aside from these lovelorn call-in shows, late night driving poses extremely real dangers to your physical well-being, especially if your daytime vision is less than 20/20. In the dark, your eyes are set up for movement detection and light gathering, as opposed to looking for colors and fine details during the day. The pupils grow larger and, like a camera set on a large aperture, you often don’t have a very good depth of field.
To make matters more complicated, people tend to concentrate harder while driving at night, which make them blink less. Your eyes are more likely to become tired and dry when you wear lenses, particularly in a car with heating or air conditioning blowing in your face. However, contacts can help to soften the blow of the glare you see when the beam of the headlights of oncoming traffic or when your headlights hit certain road signs, allowing you to safely operate your car.
Getting contacts for driving at night may also help you to see objects in the distance such as turns in the road, pedestrians or animals. If you already have a prescription for contacts and you still have trouble with seeing distance, consider paying your eye doctor a visit for an adjustment. Many nighttime drivers report several different eye conditions such as fatigue, headaches, eye strain and dry eyes due to the reduced light. Wearing a pair of corrective lenses can help to improve your night vision and alleviate these problems.