Prescription Glasses for Riding a Motorcycle at Night

Wondering what the best kind of glasses are for night riding?

Prescription Glasses for Riding a Motorcycle at Night

Prescription Glasses for Riding a Motorcycle at NightMotorcycle riding at night should not be done with tinted lenses, but there are some options as far as what you can ride with.

Prescription glasses for riding a motorcycle at night can come in standard clear lenses or Transitions® photochromic (dark in the sun, clear at night) lenses, and with a few different types of coatings.

Clear lenses are necessary for riding at night, because any tint can have a negative effect on your ability to ride. The darker your lenses are, the harder it’ll be to see on dark country roads at night, and the more likely you are to hit a deer or dump the bike.

Transitions® brand lenses, or other photochromic lenses, turn from clear to dark in the sun and back to clear at night. If you want to be able to use the same glasses for riding during the day or at night, these are the best choice for you. Just know that they don’t get as dark as standard polarized sunglasses do, so if you have sensitive eyes, you’re probably better off with two pairs of riding glasses.

There are a few different types of coatings that are good for prescription glasses for riding a motorcycle at night. The first is most important: anti-reflective, or AR, coating. This coating cuts down on glare, the phenomenon of “streaking” light, where the light splits into bands on your lenses (very distracting), and light reflected from cars behind you. This is an important coating for night riding and should always be used if you plan on using the glasses at night. Anti-scratch coating is also generally a good choice to help extend the life of your glasses. However, UV coating is not a good choice if you’re only using the glasses at night, as you won’t be exposed to UV rays from the sun at night!

To recap, here’s what you should know when shopping for prescription glasses for riding a motorcycle at night:

  • You should always have clear lenses, though Transitions® lenses will still work as they turn clear at night.
  • Always get anti-reflective coating on night riding glasses to reduce glare and distracting light banding.
  • Anti-scratch coating is a good choice for night riding glasses.
  • UV coating is pointless on prescription glasses for riding a motorcycle at night unless you’ll also be using them during the day.
  • The most important thing to remember is that your glasses need to be clear at night. Whether you get standard clear lenses or Transitions® is fine, just don’t get polarized or tinted lenses for night riding. They will impair your vision.

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If you’re still wondering about what to get for night riding, you can leave a comment below. Please don’t hesitate to leave a message with your question and specific needs for riding so that we can give you the best recommendation for night riding glasses. As always, thanks for reading, and happy riding!

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