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Many people struggle to see while driving at night. The dim light and glare from other headlights can impair your vision and lead to unsafe driving conditions. So if you’re looking for a useful pair of night vision glasses, you’re in good company.
There are quite a few night vision glasses on the market. How do you pick a pair that will work for you? We’re here to help you find a great pair of glasses. We tested quite a few top brands and came up with this list of this year’s 10 best night vision glasses for driving. For each brand, we looked closely at price, design, polarization, comfort, and overall feel so you can choose a great pair. You’ll be driving more safely at night before you know it!
|Best Overall||Bircen Driving Anti-Glare Glasses||
|Best Value||Optix55 Night Driving Glasses||
|Premium Choice||Lumin Night Driving Glasses||
|Pro Acme Night Vision Glasses||
|Yen Jean Night Vision Rimless Glasses||
Our overall pick for the best night vision glasses for driving are the Bircen YSJ8587 Driving Anti-Glare Glasses. These glasses are reasonably-priced, stylish, and durable, with good blue light neutralization and polarization.
The YSJ8587 glasses are fully polarized, with a rating of UV400. They have yellow anti-shatter resin lenses and slim frames, sold in a range of colors. The nose pads and arms are adjustable, so they’ll fit most faces. You’ll also receive a cleaning cloth, a case, and a fabric glasses bag.
We did find these glasses somewhat heavier, and they don’t work as well as wraparound glasses. They may not work well against starbursts or strong glares. Bircen offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
If you’re looking for the best value, we recommend the Optix55 OX55-NVSG72 Night Driving Glasses as the best night vision glasses for driving for the money.
These low-cost glasses have a somewhat cheaper feel, with plastic lenses and frames. They’re reasonably good-looking and designed to fit over your prescription glasses. The lenses have an anti-reflective coating that does a good job cutting down glare. The package includes a durable ethylene-vinyl acetate case and a microfiber storage pouch.
We found these glasses fairly priced and lightweight. They don’t block blue light as effectively and don’t feel quite as durable.
If your budget is larger, you may be interested in the Lumin LUM-180 Night Driving Glasses, which are a high-end, sporty option with several convenient features.
These glasses are pricier but have an athletic design. The polycarbonate lenses are hydrophobic, scratch-resistant, and polarized, with a UV400 rating. The yellow tinting is lighter and more pleasant to look through. There’s also an anti-slip nose design and an included gift box.
In testing, we found these glasses slightly heavier but comfortable to wear. However, they may not improve glare or starburst. Lumin offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The Pro Acme PA1004A Night Vision Glasses are another decent option, with a low price, nice included accessories, and sturdy metal frames. However, they don’t feel durable overall and may not fit everyone.
These glasses have metal frames and polarized, blue-light-blocking plastic lenses. The package includes a leather case, a microfiber pouch, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and a gift box.
When we tested these glasses, we found that they didn’t feel sturdy and the lenses popped out easily. They don’t work especially well against glare and are too large to fit smaller faces. Pro Acme offers a 30-day 100-percent satisfaction guarantee.
The Yen Jean Night Vision Rimless Glasses are another inexpensive option, though they have a cheaper feel and don’t work especially well.
At less than three ounces, these glasses are lightweight. They have less durable and less well-designed metal frames, somewhat flimsy nose pads, and rimless design. The lenses are polarized, with a UV400 rating, and blue-light-blocking. The package includes a case and a cleaning cloth.
We found these glasses to have a strong chemical smell. We didn’t find them particularly effective in low light or against glares and starbursts. They will fit over standard-sized prescription glasses, though they’re not specifically designed as wraparounds.
BLUPOND’s Night Driving Glasses are a pricier, less durable choice with a decent design.
These reasonably stylish glasses have polycarbonate shatterproof lenses that are semi-polarized for better night vision. They’re rated to UV400 and have blue-light-blocking and anti-glare features. There are also black anti-slip nose pads and less sturdy metal frames, sold in a range of colors.
The package includes an EVA hard case, a small screwdriver, a pouch, a cleaning cloth, a gift box, and a visor clip for convenient car storage. We liked the sporty case, but the glasses overall didn’t feel durable enough to justify their higher price.
The Ideal Eyewear Night Driving Wear-Over Glasses are clunky but inexpensive, with few features and accessories.
These low-cost glasses are large and not particularly stylish. They’re designed to fit over even larger prescription glasses. You also have a choice of two sizes. The lenses are rated to UV400, and the package includes a microfiber pouch.
These glasses do not feel durable and don’t work well against glare. Conversely, they are fairly comfortable to wear.
The Feirdio HD Night Driving Glasses are lightweight and come with quite a few accessories. They’re also not particularly comfortable or durable.
These low-cost glasses are fairly stylish and come in a choice of metal frames. The lenses are polarized, anti-glare, and blue-light-blocking. The short arms don’t fit especially well, and the nose pads are fairly uncomfortable.
The package includes a screwdriver, a cleaning cloth, a bag, a gift box, and a piece of cardboard to test the polarization. Feirdio offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The Fiore HD Night Driving Sport Wrap Glasses fall lower on our list for their cheaper-feeling design and somewhat distorted lenses.
These glasses, though reasonably priced, have a clunky, not stylish design. The frame is made of plastic, and the lenses are polarized and rated to UV400. The rubber nose pads are fairly comfortable.
When we tried these glasses on, we found that the arms may fall off, and the curved lenses are slightly distorted and more difficult to see through. Fiore offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Our least favorite options are OSKIDE’s Night Driving Glasses. These mid-range glasses are clunky and not durable.
These glasses have flexible TR90 frames and water-resistant resin lenses that are polarized and rated to UV400. They’re not stylish, with a clunky shape. They’re designed to wrap around your prescription glasses.
In testing, we found that these glasses weren’t sturdy, with lenses that tended to fall out and an overall cheaper feel. OSKIDE does offer a good 30-day money-back guarantee.
Now that you’ve read through our list of the best night vision glasses available, it’s time to make your decision. But how do you make sure you pick the best glasses for your needs? Read on for our guide to the features and types that you’ll be choosing between.
Keep in mind that eyes can vary quite a bit, so a particular pair of night vision glasses may or may not work for your eyes. You may want to consult an optometrist for specific advice on the best night vision glasses for your eyes.
If you’re looking for sturdy glasses, you’ll want them to be made of durable materials. This includes the frames, nose pads, and lenses.
Frames may be made of metal or plastic. TR90 plastic is a flexible, lightweight option that will allow your glasses to fit more comfortably. Metal frames can be durable but may not be as comfortable. Regular plastic frames may be somewhat heavier and less durable.
Lenses may be made from glass or plastic. Varieties of plastic include polycarbonate and resin, but there are plenty of other types. Polycarbonate lenses are designed to be shatter-resistant, up to 10 times more than plastic lenses, as well as thin and light. Glass lenses may be pricier and are typically heavier.
Anti-reflective coating is a great feature for night driving glasses. It’s a chemical coating that lessens glare while allowing plenty of light to pass through the lens. Also called AR coating, it can lower the glare from oncoming headlights or streetlights while not blocking any light. Glasses with AR coatings can let in over 99% of the available light, allowing you to see well even in low light.
Polarized glasses are chemically coated to reduce or completely get rid of glare, which is caused by the sun shining of water or other surfaces.
A rating of UV400 means that the glasses block 99 to 100% of ultraviolet light. This covers UVA and UVB light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers.
Wraparound lenses are designed to fit over your prescription glasses, allowing you to wear vision-correcting lenses and night vision glasses at the same time. All of the glasses we reviewed here can work as wraparound glasses, though you may want to check the dimensions of your preferred model against those of your prescription glasses to be sure they’ll fit.
Our pick for the best night driving glasses are the stylish, fairly-priced, and well-designed Bircen YSJ8587 Driving Anti-Glare Glasses. If you’re looking to save money, you may prefer the Optix55 OX55-NVSG72 Night Driving Glasses, which are lightweight, work well on reflections and glares, and offer great value. Are you shopping for premium night vision glasses? Take a look at the Lumin LUM-180 Night Driving Glasses, which are high-end, sporty, and backed by a warranty.
Driving at night doesn’t have to be a difficult task. With the help of a great pair of night vision glasses, you may be able to drive much more safely. We hope this list of this year’s 10 best night vision glasses for driving, complete with comprehensive reviews and a quick feature guide, helps you pick a great pair of glasses and drive at night with confidence.
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Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.
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