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August 1, 2019

Why Don’t Yellow Night Vision Glasses Work?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(10):1154-1155. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.2907

Over the years, two things have happened that make night driving increasingly difficult for me: I have grown old and automobile headlights have grown whiter and brighter. With the transition from kerosene carriage lamps to sealed beam incandescent and, more recently, high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode (LED) headlamps, the color and brightness of headlights have gradually evolved from a pleasant and romantic yellow candlelight to a light as harsh, glaring, and painful as the sun is to me. So, if I want to return to the good old days, what better solution could there be then to wear yellow-lensed glasses, which should make all headlights appear to be a nostalgic 2400°K color temperature.

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