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Why Polarized Sunglasses?

Why Polarized Sunglasses?

Whether you love being outdoors or simply have to be outdoors for your kid’s sports games, work, or other events, it can be frustrating to deal with the harsh effects of the sun’s glare. While soaking up the sun can be relaxing and enjoyable, it’s just as important to help protect our skin and eyes from the sun. This is where polarized sunglasses come in handy.

You’ve likely heard of 100% UVA-UVB lens protection and sunglasses with polarized lenses, but you might be wondering exactly what “polarized sunglasses” means?

Polarized sunglasses are sunglasses with lenses that reduce the glare of the sun and enhance contrast. These kinds of glasses can help you enjoy your outdoor event without all the squinting and difficulty seeing because of the sun. You can’t ask the sun to get dimmer, but you can wear polarized sunglasses to help.

So, what makes polarized sunglasses different from other kinds of glasses, and how exactly do polarized sunglasses work? We’re here to break it all down for you.

What Makes Polarized Sunglasses Different?

Polarized sunglasses are designed to help improve contrast and reduce the sun’s glare. They come in handy at outdoor events where the sun is glinting off every surface and hitting your eyes, or even when you’re just relaxing and want a glare-free view.

Other glasses styles do similar things, so let’s talk about what makes polarized sunglasses different.

Polarized Sunglasses and Lens Protection

Polarized sunglasses can also offer UVA-UVB lens protection for your eyes. Just as it’s vital to help protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays with sunscreen, it’s important to protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays with sunglasses.

The best solution to this is to find a pair of polarized sunglasses that you feel good wearing! Look for the highest form of lens protection offered at 100% UVA-UVB protection. All our sunglasses offer 100% UVA-UVB lens protection to keep your eyes safe while outside. If you’re looking for a pair of glasses to help protect your eyes and reduce glare, our polarized sunglasses are for you.

How do Polarized Glasses Work?

To understand what polarized sunglasses means, it’s important to understand the difference between polarized sunglasses and other forms. Another way to understand polarized sunglasses is to understand how they work. The polarized lens is specially designed to filter the sun’s glare. With the added UVA-UVB lens protection, your eyes will be set.

Polarized lenses can reduce the glare of light reflected off of water and other surfaces and enhance the contrast to help your optical clarity. They reduce horizontal waves of light that tend to bounce off surfaces like water, windows, or car hoods. In other words, a polarized lens can help you see more naturally and comfortably, even in harsh light.

When you use polarized sunglasses, your view will be a bit darker than normal. This is not only because polarized glasses are meant to reduce glare but also because they enhance the contrast. By enhancing contrast, your view may be a bit darker and full of more color than if you were wearing other glasses. 

When to Use Polarized Sunglasses

Polarized sunglasses can be used almost everywhere outdoors. If you’re going fishing, hiking, golfing, to your neighbor’s barbeque, to a wedding, or just walking outside to get the mail, pop on a pair of polarized sunglasses to reduce the glare while you’re outside.

When Not to Use Polarized Sunglasses

You can use polarized sunglasses almost everywhere, but there are some places to avoid using them. They aren’t recommended to be worn while driving as the lenses may make it more difficult to see the LCD (liquid crystal display) screens on your dashboard or controls. For this reason, pilots don’t wear polarized lenses.

However, it’s still essential to help protect your eyes while you’re driving. That’s why we made an entire line of sunglasses that are specifically designed for driving! Driving sunglasses come in day and night driving glasses to reduce road glare and enhance contrast to keep you safe while you’re on the road. These also come with 100% UVA-UVB lens protection and an anti-reflective coating on the back.

Some phones and watches are also not meant to be viewed through polarized glasses. Instead, try out blue light glasses for viewing your phone and try our non-polarized sunglasses when viewing LCDs!

Bright Futures

Whether summer sun or snow glare, it can be harsh on your eyes and frustrating to deal with. But with our polarized sunglasses you’ll have everything you need to enjoy your summer vacations and outdoor barbeques, no squinting required.

Explore our polarized sunglasses here to find a style and fit that’s right for you!

*Potentially harmful blue light refers to the 415-455 nanometer range of the visible light spectrum. The percentage represents the average amount of potentially harmful blue light filtered at 5 nanometer increments in this range. With the exception of Eye Gear™ Gaming Glasses, covered under U.S. Pat. No. 8,360,574. Other U.S. and foreign patents pending.