New — ZEISS DriveSafe

One pair of glasses for everyday use and safer driving.

Most drivers are exposed to difficult conditions that impact their vision, including driving in rain, snow, fog, and of course driving at night. For many, this can be a significant source of stress - in fact, over two thirds of adults report difficulty driving in these challenging visual conditions. ZEISS DriveSafe is an all-day lens and coating solution specifically designed for patients who need the help with vision while driving. ZEISS DriveSafe’s unique technology addresses the most stressful visual challenges drivers face today.

ZEISS DriveSafe is available in both single vision and progressive lens types.

ZEISS developed an everyday lens solution consisting of three elements to make driving feel safer and more comfortable.

  • Luminance Design® Technology by ZEISS calculates the lens with the optimal pupil size in low-light conditions
  • ZEISS DuraVision DriveSafe Coating - preferred by patients for headlight glare reduction by more than 2 to 1.
  • ZEISS DriveSafe Lens Design incorporates an up to  43% larger mid-distance zone for easier focus switching between dashboard and mirrors. And up to 14% larger far-distance vision zone for a wider view of the road.  

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Better vision in low-light conditions for safer and more comfortable driving

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Reduced glare at night from oncoming cars or street lights

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Accurate view of the road, dashboard, rear-view and side mirrors

Benefits for the wearer

One pair of glasses for everyday use and safer driving:

  • Better vision in low light conditions for safer and more comfortable driving
  • Reduced glare at night from oncoming cars or street lights
  • Accurate vision of the road, dashboard, rear-view mirror and side mirrors

Patients are very satisfied with ZEISS DriveSafe

97% when driving

94% doing everyday tasks, such as working in the office

1// Better vision in low light conditions.

Luminance Design® Technology by ZEISS.

The challenge

For many drivers, the greatest visual problems come in low light situations (mesopic conditions like cloudy/rainy days and twilight). Eyeglasses were never been designed to account for the size of the pupil in these conditions. As a result, space perception and distance calculation can be especially difficult when driving.

ZEISS conducted intensive research into mesopic vision in developing Luminance Design Technology.* Standard lenses were designed using single-ray tracing, which does not account for pupil size. This can result in a lens that does not offer optimal clarity, especially when the pupil size is larger in low light conditions.

*For more information please refer to the ZEISS DriveSafe White Paper

ZEISS solution

DriveSafe lenses address this problem with Luminance Design Technology (LDT). LDT incorporates the pupil size for driving in mesopic conditions and optimizes the lens design accordingly.

As a result, wearers have better vision all day, especially in low light conditions.

Bright light = photopic vision with small pupil

Large depth of focus, relaxed space perception

No light (darkness) = scotopic vision with large pupil

Small depth of focus, little to no peripheral vision

Low light = mesopic vision with varying pupil size

Challenging conditions due to variation in depth of focus and dimly lit peripheral vision

2// Reduced glare at night.

DuraVision® DriveSafe Coating by ZEISS.

The challenge

Glare describes the difficulty of seeing in bright light, whether it be direct sunlight or artificial light. Market research and scientific evidence indicate that perceived glare in traffic is linked in particular to LED and Xenon HID light sources, both used in modern car lighting technology. Intense glare can be a risk, as it reduces the visibility of objects and sensitivity of the eye to contrast. Glare also can be subjectively perceived as uncomfortable and irritating.

ZEISS vision science researchers carried out various glare experiments. These formed the basis of internal studies** testing different coating simulations. Scientific evidence shows that the blueish, high-energy part of the visible spectrum (in particular in the 440–470 nm range) used in LED or Xenon H.I.D. (High Intensity Discharge) technology is linked to a glare effect perceived by drivers.

**Compared to premium ZEISS coatings. With DuraVision DriveSafe 64% less test drivers reported issues with glare with the new coating than with other premium AR coatings.

ZEISS solution

DuraVision DriveSafe coating reduces glare by reflecting the most harmful wavelengths from Xenon and LED headlights. ZEISS DriveSafe is preferred by patients for headlight glare reduction by more than 2 to 1.  

Without DuraVision® DriveSafe Coating

With DuraVision® DriveSafe Coating: up to 64%** glare reduction

Dramatically reduced glare and reflection

Without DuraVision® DriveSafe Coating

With DuraVision® DriveSafe Coating: up to 64%** glare reduction

3// Accurate vision of road, dashboard and mirrors.

ZEISS DriveSafe Lens Design.

The challenge

Driving demands a high level of attention. Drivers need a wide, clear view of the road in order to evaluate traffic conditions, but they also need to shift rapidly from the road to the dashboard and mirrors. This can be especially challenging for progressive lens wearers.

ZEISS conducted an eye-tracking study with automotive research institute FKFS* at Germany’s University of Stuttgart. This study precisely mapped the actual visual behavior of drivers to determine what areas of vision were needed the most.  

*FKFS Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart is an independent foundation associated with the University of Stuttgart. Founded in 1930, FKFS has become one of the largest and leading research institutes in the field of automotive engineering, serving major automobile manufacturers and suppliers. For more information please refer to the ZEISS DriveSafe White Paper.  

ZEISS solution

Using this data, ZEISS designed the DriveSafe Progressive with optimized distance and intermediate viewing zones, reducing the need for horizontal head movement.  

  • Dynamic vision for fast refocusing from the road to the dashboard and mirrors
  • Near vision suitable for all day wear  

Up to 43% larger** mid-distance zone for easier focus switching between the dashboard and mirrors. And up to 14% larger** far-distance vision zone for a wider view of the road.

**Compared to ZEISS premium progressive lenses  

ZEISS DriveSafe Progressive and Single Vision Lenses offer dynamic and comfortable all day vision both on and off the road.

Digital designs

Product Availability

  Clear Tinted PhotoFusion ® Transitions® Polarized

Plastic 1.74   

 

 

 

 

Plastic 1.67



Plastic 1.6 


Plastic 1.5


Polycarbonate  



Trivex

Polarized lenses may reduce the visibility of images produced by certain LCD/LED screens. Therefore please check visibility before usage with digital devices.

Please find detailed information in the ZEISS price list.

 

Variable fitting height Recommended & standard fitting height

 

13-19 mm

19 mm

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