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Take Back the Night

October 2, 2023

Driving at night should be no more difficult than driving in daylight, but for too many people, that’s just not true.

If you are afraid of the driving at night, you are not alone. More than 70% of all drivers feel the same way, which is why Shamir created Shamir Driver Intelligence™ lenses to give you back your night life.
When Shamir did its massive White Paper survey of drivers to research the priorities for our Shamir Driver Intelligence™ lenses, we uncovered some things about night driving that shocked even us.

Almost three quarters of all drivers surveyed admitted to finding it difficult to drive at night because of a mix of glare, night myopia and eye fatigue, with 62% of drivers saying their eyes get tired at night.
Worse still, these effects are so debilitating for 58% of people that they simply gave up driving at night because it no longer feels safe for them.
Clearly, someone had to help these people take back their night lives, because almost 60% of people are not living to their full, 24-hour potential.

Shamir Driver Intelligence™ lenses were developed specifically to address this problem, and it’s one of the key reasons why the Driver Intelligence kit contains specialist day (Sun) and night (Moon) lenses.
Shamir’s Director of Sales, Support and Training, Shahar Ben-Ari, and Chief Technical Officer Zohar Katzman were amazed by the findings, and set out to give people back the night.
“It’s not just about what you see, or don’t see, but the cognitive load on the brain to absorb the information,” Katzman said.
“The retina’s cone photo receptors operate during daylight, while its rod photo receptors take over at night. While driving, though, the human eye uses a combination of both, known as mesopic vision, so Shamir Driver Intelligence™ uses different systems for day and night because that’s what your eyes evolved to do.”
The Moon lenses in Shamir Driver Intelligence™ kit have integrated filters in them to absorb glare, and to focus light on the eye’s photo receptors, rather than in front of it.
“Night myopia is where light focuses in front of the retina, instead of on it, and it’s a larger problem than many people think, and worse in younger drivers than older drivers,” Katzman explained.

“If you have 20 friends, you will hear someone say they don’t need glasses but they don’t see well at night,” Katzman said.
“This is night myopia, because your pupil dilates more, and to dilate more it changes the muscles and we address this, too, with Shamir Driver intelligence™.”
The combination of these three critical issues, keeping drivers off the road at night, has been a focal point of Shamir Driver Intelligence™ research.

“It’s not just glare or night myopia or fatigue,” Ben Ari said. “It’s an unrelenting combination of all of them that leads to high cognitive load.
“We know and understand how this all influences our brains and reduces the awareness when we are driving.”

The night is yours. What are you waiting for?

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