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"Yellow Lens Glasses Don't Improve Drivers' Night Vision" - Linda Carroll

  • Reuters Online
  • New York, NY
  • (August 03, 2019)

Touted to improve nighttime eyesight, yellow lens glasses don’t help drivers see better and may, in fact, worsen vision, a new study suggests. Researchers found that yellow-lens wearing volunteers operating a driving simulator were no better at spotting a pedestrian when confronting oncoming headlights than those who wore clear lenses, according to the study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. “The biggest issue is that we don’t want people to have a false sense of security because they are using something that does not (improve vision),” said Douglas Fredrick, MD, professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and author of the study. He added, ‘“Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians are a common problem.”

—  Douglas R. Fredrick, MD, Professor, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Deputy Chair, Education, Department of Ophthalmology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Mount Sinai Health System

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