20% of eyeglass wearers drive without prescription glasses image

Would you believe that more than 90% of the decisions and reactions we make behind the wheel depend on good vision?

If so, you’ll be shocked to learn that a recent survey reveals a disturbing fact — one in five eyeglass wearers sometimes drive without their prescription glasses.

It’s also a known fact that blinding glare from sun, snow and vehicles significantly contributes to fatal auto accidents. For that particular issue there’s a simple solution in the form of polarized, prescription sunglasses. For a car traveling 50 miles per hour, one-third of a second allows a driver to stop 23 feet sooner, or the length of an intersection. In glare-intense situations, polarized lenses improve vision clarity by 75 percent, as opposed to ordinary sun lenses, allowing wearers to enjoy better clarity of vision.

Trouble seeing while driving on sunny and/or snowy days is very common among glasses-wearers. However, those with prescription sunglasses, particularly those with polarized lenses, experience less trouble. Specifically, over 60 percent of eyeglass wearers surveyed agree that when driving during the day, glare from sun and snow makes it difficult to see while driving, notes Essilor’s survey.