Oh! These Glasses!
The headaches were getting bad. It was beginning to affect my driving to the point I called in a couple of times. The eye-strain was beginning to affect my vision during my off time, too.
I didn't know what to do.
I was considering leaving this wonderful job for something which wasn't painful.
It was on a deadhead run to La Junta, Colorado, when an engineer riding in the front seat noticed I was squinting more than anyone should and he asked me if the lights were hurting my eyes.
I told him the truth, yes they were. I was scared he might make a complaint about driver safety but, why lie?
He told me he knew this was a big issue for us drivers and suggested I get a pair of amber sunglasses. They let you see at night but also take a lot of the glare out of the bright headlights.
So, the next payday, I visited the sporting goods section of a local department store, because I've seen hunters wear them and figured it would be a good place to check first.
What I found was the pair in the picture. They're military-grade, ballistic, amber-tinted safety glasses. Might as well get the good stuff.
This pair cost me a whopping $7 plus tax.
The difference has been remarkable. I can see as clearly with them in the dark as without and, I can still tell bright lights are bright but, he was right. Most of the glare from bright lights is removed. Bright lights no longer blind me and I'm not as fatigued at the end of a long run.
It was damn good advice.
I would highly recommend any form of amber sunglasses to anyone driving a lot at night, whose eyes are bothered by bright lights.
Image Credit » LoudMan/Donald Pennington