According to a recent online poll of 1,000 Canadian adults, 71 percent say they’re ‘sensitive to light and glare’. 19 percent indicate that they’re ‘very sensitive’ — and 7 percent say they’re not sensitive to light and glare at all.
As with any research, you have to consider the source. This study was conducted by Transition lenses, hardly an impartial observer.
We sell Transitions lenses. They darken based on the UV and the cold. They also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. When you come back inside the lenses will change back to clear in minutes. So naturally Transitions would be pleased to report that 7 in 10 Canadians would benefit from their product.
But we were surprised by their number. Glare bothers only 71 percent of us?
“Glare’, according to Dictionary.com, is ‘a very harsh, bright, dazzling light’. Why don’t more than 71 percent of Canadians find glare, well, glaring?
This is not the first such poll that Transitions has conducted. Last year, they asked 1,000 Canadians different questions. 78 percent said they ‘are sensitive to light and glare in the car’. That makes more sense to us. The car gives drivers the false impression that they’re indoors. However most of the cabin of your car is window.
(Many of us have sunroofs, which allow in even more light.) Moreover, you may be in a partially shaded area, sitting there behind the wheel, but your eyes are continually scanning a bright panorama.
The contrast can be overwhelming.
You use your eyes throughout the day, but their effective ‘performance’ is vital while you drive. So it follows that you would notice and be bothered by glare while behind the wheel.
Are you sensitive to light and glare at any time? Talk to us today.
According to Transitions, 7 in 10 readers could benefit from lenses that adjust to compensate for differences in ambient light. We think the number ought to be higher but we didn’t do the survey.
Another point to consider: sensitivity to light is relative. That is, we all have different ideas of what sensitivity means. Some people equate it with pain. Others think of it as noticeability.
Regardless, if you strain to see or are bothered in bright surroundings, see us ASAP. Maybe it could be fixed with Transitions lenses — or it could be a sign of something more serious.
If you are ‘sensitive to glare’ or have questions about your eyesight, talk to us today.