(WMC-TV) ANDY, WILL IT WORK? Night View NV Glasses = DON'T BUY!
These $9.99 pair of glasses make you look like an extra in Boogie Nights, but they promise to deliver visual clarity, particularly during night driving.
"Get it instantly with Night View NV, the glare-reduction glasses that turn fuzzy and dull into clear and bright, even at night!" blurted its web commercial.
Right out of the box, we shared them with optometrist Dr. Luanne Cox of Cordova Vision Center (http://visionsource-cordovavision.com/), 7865 Trinity Rd. in Cordova, TN. "When it's dark, you really don't want any tint on the lenses because it's going to cut down on the amount of light that's getting to the retina," Dr. Cox said. "My concerns are that NIGHT driving with it may not be better."
To prove her point, Cox turned off the lights in her examination room and turned on her eyesight-testing projector – the one that projects a series of letters either on a wall or off a mirror. When she placed the Night View NV glasses in front of the projector, the lenses blurred the image of the letters. "It can distort your vision," she said.
With that in mind, we conducted several tests to challenge the glasses' advertising claims:
1. At NIGHT: we parked a black Honda Civic inside WMC TV's engineering garage. With a back-light behind the car, its headlights on and the garage's lights off, we aimed a camera toward the open garage on a medium-wide shot. As the camera was rolling, we placed the Night View NV lenses over the camera lens. There was no discernable difference in clarity.
2. At NIGHT: we shot video through the windshield of a vehicle while driving on Union Avenue in Memphis during rush hour. As it did in Dr. Cox's office, the Night View NV lenses distorted the images of traffic.
3. At NIGHT: we set up a stationary tripod shot on the sidewalk of Union Avenue during rush hour traffic, then draped the Night View NV over the camera lens. Again, the Night View NV distorted traffic images.
4. At DAY: we shot video through a vehicle windshield while driving in rainfall. There was no discernable difference in clarity with the use of the Night View NV glasses.
The Night View NV glasses are a DON'T BUY.
Plymouth Direct of Philadelphia helped develop the Night View NV glasses. Its spokesperson didn't like how we used a video camera to show what you see through the glasses.
"The video camera does not accurately mimic the function of the human eye," said Plymouth Direct's Steve Silbiger. "Your viewers know their camera does not always clearly capture what you see through the view finder."
He apparently thought it was lost on us that they used video cameras and editing technique to produce Night View NV's advertisements – not to mention the fact that Andy wore the glasses and saw no improvement in his vision.
As far as what Dr. Cox illustrated with her projector, Silbiger insisted the glasses are designed for people's eyes, not cameras or projectors. "Our product has been tested by an accredited, independent laboratory, validating our claims that NightViews 'block night-time glare' and 'reduce eyestrain,'" he said.
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