34 million motorists travel the highways of the United Kingdom (1). People are spending an increasing amount of time on the road, with Britons spending an average of 10 hours a week driving, compared to just 3.7 hours walking, 2.7 hours showering, and 4.6 hours socialising with friends and family (2).

Driving is one of many everyday tasks that necessitate continuous, direct vision. Whether you only drive to and from work or you often travel to several destinations, being able to see the road and other drivers is critical for your and others’ safety.

It is not only necessary for your protection to have good vision when driving; it is also a legal necessity. According to Highway Code Rule 92, “you must be able to read a vehicle number plate from a distance of 20 meters in good daylight.” If you are unable to do so, you will face a hefty fine as well as points on your license. Police officers may ask you to take an eye test, and roadside eye tests are now being used in many parts of the UK. Daily eye exams are necessary to thoroughly assess your vision and decide if you need corrective lenses.

Similarly, Highway Code Rule 237 specifies that ‘if you really are dazzled with direct sunshine, slow it down and, if possible, stop.’ This means you’ll probably need a set of lenses when driving, either correction lenses or lenses to protect your eyes from the bright sun. With all that in mind, here are some of the best driving lenses to consider.


Varifocal lenses are intended to correct presbyopia, a condition in which the wearer needs some visual assistance in seeing close, far, and intermediate distances. Clear vision in all three vision zones is essential for driving safely and comfortably on the lane. Even if you’re just driving down the street, it’s important to wear your varifocal lenses.

Varilux Street Pilot is a varifocal lens designed specifically to improve visual comfort while driving. Varilux Road Pilot was designed to have wider fields of vision and to be optimised for your driving vision needs in order to maximise your visual ability.

One of the most difficult aspects of driving vision is at night, when light conditions are low and reflections are more common. Your lenses can help to reduce reflections and glare with Crizal Drive, making it easier to drive at night.


With summer quickly approaching, you may want to consider driving with sun protection lenses. You’re bound to spend a lot of time on the road if you’re going to the coast for a vacation, enjoying the sunny days visiting friends and relatives, or just driving to and from work.

Polarised lenses are specifically designed to remove the bright and unnecessary reflections that occur while driving on sunny days. You’ve also seen bright reflections from the road and other vehicles as you drive, which can be very distracting. Driving with polarised lenses will improve your visual comfort and make you a better driver.

Xperio Polarised lenses have better colour vision than tinted lenses, making it easier to see in bright light, and have the highest degree of UV safety in the Top Specs category. This is important for maintaining safe eyes and vision.


When sunlight is present, Transitions XTRActive lenses automatically adjust to changing light conditions, changing from transparent to tinted. The majority of photochromic lenses respond to Uv rays, however, Transitions XTRActive lenses often react for visible light. As a result, these are the first lenses of their own kind that darken behind

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