With several driving lenses on the market, ECPs can add another task-specific lens to their product portfolios.

Driving requires focus, attention and yes, lenses specifically developed to enhance driving while ensuring safety.

Sherry Cassano, optician and optical manager at Rochester Eye and Laser in Rochester, NY, is committed to giving patients the best vision, which she says is done best with a driving lens. Cassano said Serengeti offers eyecare, not only eyewear and fashion. “The driver’s lens is optimal because it enhances vision and acuity while protecting the eyes,” she said. Serengeti’s Vario Drive Thin is an amber-hued lens engineered to transmit reds, greens and yellows so these colors stay sharp in all environments. The lenses are also photochromic to provide optimal light transmission and come in polarized and non-polarized ultra-light mineral and Polar PhD 2.0 (NXT) and Trivex material. Vario Drive Thin lenses are available in both single vision and progressive in powers from +6.00D to -8.00D.

“Serengeti lenses have always been closely connected to driving,” said Gernot Trebsche, global senior director of Bollé/Cébé/Serengeti. “The unique combination of relief from harsh light, finely tuned contrast and clear view of the road ahead makes Serengeti the most advanced eyewear for driving.”

While many patients at Rochester Eye and Laser are required to have sun protective eyewear post surgery (commonly LASIK and cataract), Cassano said patient ages vary, which makes Serengeti a great brand to carry.

Vario Drive Thin lenses, she said, are “very accommodative to the weather here. And while many of our patients leave here without a prescription, they are Rxable, but even off the shelf they are getting optimal lenses.”

Carl Zeiss Vision’s DriveSafe lens was developed as an “everyday lens solution” to make driving more comfortable and safer, according to the company. Luminance Design Technology calculates the lens with the optimal pupil size in low-light conditions, and lenses incorporate DuraVision DriveSafe Coating.

Available as a single vision or progressive, the DriveSafe lens design has an up to 43% larger mid-distance zone than other ZEISS general purpose progressives to more easily switch focus between mirrors and dashboards, plus an up to 14% larger far-distance zone for a broader view of the road.

“No question: the reduction in glare is pretty dramatic,” said Anita Mizrachi, an optician at Eyeland in Voorhees, NJ, an independent Vision Source practice. “For most people over age 45 to 50, one of their chief complaints is nighttime blindness or dread of driving at night. The complaints are there, so there is a big market.”

Mizrachi recommends Drive-Safe to patients who spend a lot of time on the road. Plus, she said the lenses push back blue light instead of absorbing it, making it a great “universal lens, and there’s no need for a separate pair just for driving.”

Optician Pablo Mercado was working at a practice in Alpharetta, GA, more than 10 years ago when a Younger Optics sales representative introduced him to Transitions Drivewear. He’s been hooked ever since. “I’ve been dealing with photochromic technology for almost 20 years,” he said. “They’re good lenses, and they do what they’re supposed to do. Patients either love photochromics or hate them, but I never had anyone not like Drivewear.”

Transitions Drivewear lenses are available in polycarbonate single vision, Image progressive and Camber digital progressive; hard resin single vision, Image progressive and Flat Top 28; Trilogy single vision and finished plano. Drivewear lenses utilize NuPolar polarized Rx technology, block 100% of UVA and UVB rays and progress through three distinct color states designed to enhance vision while driving.

“Transitions Drivewear is the only photochromic driving lens that blocks blinding glare because it is fully polarized in every activation state,” said David Rips, president and CEO of Younger Optics. “Lenses are perfect from dawn to dusk; in sun, rain and snow.”

Mercado effectively sells Drive-wear by demonstrating them, actually taking patients to the parking lot and having them sit in a car. Drivewear lenses change to the driver’s benefit, even when surrounded by tempered glass. “They are absolutely awesome to wear in overcast light, too, and when it’s raining, you still get the full benefit of the lens.”

US Optical’s Drive HD free-form progressive lens is designed to adapt to specific optical tasks while driving. Lenses place car mirrors in astigmatism-free zones (eliminating unnecessary head movements), and a wide, clear area for distance vision adjusts power distribution. Personalized measurement parameters can be added and night glare is reduced by using Crizal AR (Prevencia), Digital AR or Zeiss DuraVision. Drive HD is offered in plastic, polycarbonate, Trivex and high index 1.60, 1.67 and 1.74 materials.

Patricia Giron, an optician at Professional Vision Care Associates in Sherman Oaks, CA, recently tried Drive HD for the first time. “This lens is so much easier to wear, and I would recommend them as either a second pair or to any first-time progressive wearer.”

Revo has several lens options that sharpen vision while driving. The brand’s Open Road lens incorporates “image intensifier filters” to improve light adaptation in both bright and low-light conditions. Revo’s Terra lens filters the light spectrum to provide “clear vision from trailhead to viewpoint,” while Solar Orange features a high-intensity, iridescent multilayer mirror coating that highlights the upper end of mid-range light, enhancing surroundings. Other lenses that work well for driving are Champagne and Green Water, which cuts through surface glare in medium and low light.

“Here in the Northeast the sun is strong from overhead or reflection from snow or the ocean,” said Cheryl Aparo, optician and owner of Ocean Optical in Gloucester, MA. “For those commuting to Boston, the glare from the sun can be disabling, so we recommend Revo sunglasses with the Open Road lens. The Champagne lens relaxes eyes and Solar Orange lenses enhance the road in front of you. Revo has a lens for everyone.”

Being released this month, Nightlynx lenses are best used at night, according to Vuarnet. A bi-degraded silver mirror treatment reduces glare caused by the reflection of light on the road, and a multilayer AR coating on the backside of the lens eliminates stray reflections. Nightlynx lenses also block 100% of UV rays and blue light by stopping the Xenon and LED portion of the visible light spectrum. The lenses are currently available in five popular styles: VL02, VL03, Edge Round, District and Tom.


WHERE TO FIND IT: Carl Zeiss Vision Inc. 866.596.5467, // Rēvo, ClearVision Optical 800.645.3733,; // Serengeti 888.838.1449, // Transitions Drivewear // US Optical 800.445.2773,; // Vuarnet 914.495.3701,; CustomerService@Vuarnet.US


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