The "Moon" lens on the left is intended to be worn for nighttime driving, while the "Sun" lens on the right is worn when driving the day. Photo: Shamir Insights. Click image to enlarge.
A common vision complaint heard by eyecare professionals is difficulty driving at night, and for some patients, even during the day. Certain spectacle lenses designed to sharpen vision, reduce glare and widen the visual field may benefit those who want to see clearer on the road. One option for these patients to recently hit the market is Shamir Insight’s Driver Intelligence lens. The lenses come in a pack of two: one lens for daytime (“Sun”), and one for nighttime (“Moon”).
The company says it used some high-tech tools, including artificial intelligence and eye tracking, to develop the lenses. After testing them on a racetrack, Shamir reported the following statistics on their performance in that setting:
- 16% reduction in visual information processing effort vs. regular lenses
- 33% wider horizontal visual field and 18% longer vertical visual field
- 15% faster reaction time at night and 11% faster reaction time during the day
- Improved nighttime vision using myopic shift compensation and low-reflection coating
The “Sun” lens features a coating intended to reduce sun glare and improve its durability, while the anti-reflective coating on the “Moon” lens provides a 25% increase in contrast sensitivity, visual noise reduction and improved reaction time, the company reported in its press release.