And sometimes what you're paying for isn't what you think you're buying!

Outer box
Box that came inside a bubble-wrap envelope

| Driving at night has become a little unnerving, especially after having my cataracts removed. There is so much glare from oncoming headlights that it's a little hard to see, especially on older roads with faded lane markers. Although my optometrist says he can make that better, I also know that it will come with a hefty price tag, so I went looking for other solutions.

It turns out that there are glasses specifically designed to reduce night-time glare. Amazon has dozens of them. They look like ordinary sunglasses except the lenses are yellow and are said to be "polarized" which is supposed to take care of the glare. There is a vast range of prices, from a few bucks (under $10) to mucho bucks ($150). Eventually I ordered a pair that promised "100% POLARIZED YELLOW LENSES. Polarized lenses reduce glare from the headlights of other vehicles, pavement, and other reflective surfaces by filtering light coming from different angles. These special lenses make colors and objects appear clearer, so you can see every detail of the open road."

Thanks to Amazon Prime, a fat bubble-wrap envelope arrived a couple of days later that, when opened, revealed a very well-made cardboard box (above).

Inside the box

Inside the box was a plethora of "accessories" and marketing stuff.

contents of the outer box
Lens wipes, and test cards, and id cards, oh my!

Taking all that stuff out revealed, not glasses, but another box! It's like nesting Russian dolls!

Inner box

The inner box

The inner box was a work of art. The textured surface gave it a faux-leather look, and there was a big flap along the side by which to gain access.

More wonders!

Glasses in the inner box
And what a box! The sides are hinged so as to expand, providing a better view of the treasure within.

The inner box, itself, is a packaging marvel: the interior is faux-suede; the front and back sides are hinged in the middle so the box can expand to provide a full view of the treasure it contains. The picture above is actually not quite accurate, for the bows and the lenses were all originally swaddled in sheets of clear plastic.

One of the intriguing things in the box was a test card that advised me "Wear glasses to see the beautiful pattern." Theoretically this is how you can tell if a lens is polarized - look through it then rotate the lens and the colors should shift. In this case wearing the glasses was supposed to make something appear on the highway, which would be "beautiful."

test card
Test card
Test card showing beautiful pattern
Test card if you wear the glasses

As it turns out, my camera has a polarized lens, so the act of merely photographing the card reveals the "beautiful pattern" — namely three cars on the Autobahn. And holding the camera at just the right angle also makes the cars disappear!

And, what have I learned from this experience? Two things:

  1. The old adage about getting what you pay for is re-affirmed. I did get what I paid for: elaborate packaging.
  2. Beware of any Amazon product which gets binomial review ratings. Large numbers of reviewers raved orgasmically while another large number of reviewers panned the product, with almost nobody in between.

Actually, I've learned three things: the third is that Germans must have unusually large heads, because when I put these glasses on, they are extremely loose.

But do they work? Well, the glasses do a very good job of turning everything yellow. That also includes the color of any oncoming headlights, and the mere dampening of the blinding while light of halogen headlights is a relief. As for making "colors and objects appear clearer, so you can see every detail of the open road," I would say that is not evident to me.

Last updated on Apr 13, 2018

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