Understanding the Effect of Glare on Your Vision

Despite how important your vision is, it can often present a number of different challenges. This is because your eyes need light in order to see, but if that light becomes concentrated in a particular way, it can actually hinder your ability to see clearly.

In conditions where bright light occurs, you will likely find it difficult to see. This can happen due to artificial light or natural light, and it can’t always be avoided. It is known as glare; you have no doubt experienced it before, but why does it have such an impact on your vision?

What is glare?


Waves of light can travel in numerous different directions; when it bounces off an object into your eyes, it begins the process of vision. However, when light waves reflect off horizontal surface, the light can become concentrated horizontally. Horizontal surfaces can include anything from water to roads.

When this happens, visible glare occurs. It can be incredibly uncomfortable for your eyes, resulting in a visual sensation that can feel as though you are temporarily blinded. This is because your normal visual abilities have been interfered with from glare.

Reflective light when concentrated in this way is incredibly bright for your eyes.

Where does glare occur?

There are a number of different types of glare that may affect your vision. Distracting glare can often come from light reflected off your lenses, which can result in seeing reflections in your lenses themselves. You may also notice distracting glare in the form of halos around headlights or streetlights at night.

Discomforting glare often occurs due to bright sunlight, and is the most common. It can cause visual discomfort and eye strain, making your eyes squint in order to protect themselves. Photochromic lenses can help to mitigate the effects of discomforting and distracting glare.

How do you reduce glare?

Glare can be reduced and even prevented if you know the correct solution. Wearing the right lenses, such as photochromic lenses, can help to reduce the effect of glare. This is because of the technology used in photochromic lenses, which works to block the effect of bright light on your vision.

Photochromic lenses are able to react automatically to changing light conditions, so your vision is protected from any sudden onset of bright light. The molecules in the lenses will darken when exposed to UV light, and go clear again when the sun isn’t so bright.

If you often experience trouble with glare, photochromic lenses are able to protect your vision for you. Furthermore, you can enhance your lenses with an anti-reflective coating that will ensure your eyes are shielded from unwanted glare and reflected light.