I have to be honest here and say I absolutely dread having to wear my glasses. They make me look really dorky and I get headaches when I wear them for too long. So when I was put in touch to review the new ZEISS DriveSafe Lenses, I was a little hesitant because it would mean having to wear glasses for extended periods of time. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised by the experience, but more on that later.
So what exactly are ZEISS DriveSafe Lenses?
It goes without saying that when it comes to driving, good vision is vital for safety- no matter the distance. People tend to get insecure and stressed when driving in low-light and inclement weather conditions that can impede vision. Hence, ZEISS has come up with a new lens product category specifically designed to meet the vision needs of people who want to feel safer and more comfortable when driving with their everyday lenses.
Better vision in low light conditions for safer and more comfortable driving
Reduced glare at night from oncoming cars or street lights
Accurate vision of the road, dashboard, rear-view mirror and side mirrors
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ZEISS also conducted real-life wearer trials to verify if the ZEISS DriveSafe Lenses met consumer expections. Results showed that 97% were satisfied with the lenses when used for driving, and 94% were satisfied when using it for everyday tasks.
I have been wearing my ZEISS DriveSafe Lenses for the better part of a month now, and I have to admit that it’s been pretty impressive. My experience began with having a thorough eye check-up at Ottica Zeiss Vision Center, located at Shaw Centre. It was there that I found out that my current pair of prescription lenses were overpowered, explaining the headaches I experienced after wearing my glasses for long periods. Overall, it was pleasant to have the complete process explained to me so I knew what was going on the whole time. This was in stark contrast to my previous optician, who believed monosyllabic conversations were the way to go.
Usage while driving
To test out these lenses I took multiple drives in various different conditions including low-light and wet weather. I noticed right away that the ZEISS DriveSafe lenses reduced the glare from headlights and taillights pretty efficiently. You will still experience some glare, but the difference is noticeable. This came in handy when passing cars with extremely bright headlights.
The other thing I found impressive was the sharpness. As I mentioned earlier, it is vital for drivers to have good vision, and with the ZEISS DriveSafe Lenses you’ll feel a bit more secure, being able to see everything in such sharp detail- especially when it is raining. I found that it actually helped me keep focus on the road better as well, most importantly when I was taking longer drives. So if you tend to take longer drives, this may win you over.
One other feature that ZEISS DriveSafe Lenses boast is the ability to aid drivers in switching focus between the road, dashboard and mirrors. Personally, I didn’t see any significant difference where this facet is concerned. It felt like it took the same amount of time for my eyes to readjust with or without my glasses.
If you already have a pair of glasses that you are comfortable driving with then it’d probably make sense to just stick with it. However, if your current pair is giving you problems and you’re looking for a better option, you may want to consider the ZEISS DriveSafe Lenses. The differences between these lenses and regular lenses may not be astounding, but it is certainly noticeable and may make a difference in the long run. Starting at $700, the price may be a little steep, but the service and product make up for it.
The ZEISS DriveSafe Lens is available at the Ottica Zeiss Vision Center. Check out zeiss.com.sg for more information