Why get Polarized Sunglasses?

Ultraviolet rays from the sun are incredibly damaging to our eyes, so proper eye protection is important any time of year. Choosing the proper sunglasses is no easy task, with so many choices available. There are many models and styles, making shopping for glasses much like shopping for cars.

Additionally, the price range of glasses, both prescription glasses and sunglasses, is staggering. You could spend $10 and you could spend $1000 on a single set of glasses.

Do Polarized Sunglasses Really Make a Difference On top of that, selecting the correct lenses for your needs is particularly difficult. Among those choices are polarized lenses, which are incredibly popular and also more expensive than normal protective lenses.

Polarized lenses offer specific protection from UV rays and are particularly suited for some activities. But, despite popular theory, polarized lenses don’t represent significantly increased UV protection. Their main advantage lies in their function.

Understanding Polarized Glasses

Sunlight is absorbed or reflected in many directions. Sunlight reflected from a horizontal surface, like land, water or hoods of cars is often reflected back horizontally, producing a very strong glare. For us, it means that ground reflections cause a lot of interference with our vision on water or pavement.

Normal sunglasses provide basic protection against both vertical and horizontal UV rays. However, they don’t diminish the glare from reflected horizontal rays.

Polarized glasses have a built-in, laminated filter that permits only vertical light rays to pass through, and almost totally blocks horizontal rays to eliminate glares. This is most noticeable when boating or fishing, since you can suddenly see through the surface, which was previously clouded by the reflections from the sun and sky above.

Polarized lenses are most commonly associated with sunglasses, though there are normal prescription glasses with polarized coating as well. If you need the power of polarized lenses without the help of sun protection, speak with your doctor or optometrist about this.

Who Needs Polarized Lenses?

The people who find the greatest use for polarized lenses are those that work around or on the water, like fishermen and boaters. Because such lenses reduce glare, it is easier for fishermen to view deeper into sea for fish or any obstacle.

This can make a huge difference in fishing, since an angler can get a more accurate look at fish habitat. For a boater, this can mean the difference between life and death, since they are able to perceive underwater obstacles, and the more complex movement of under water currents.

These aren’t the only uses for polarized lenses. Consider driving, especially on road trips in the summer: horizontal rays of light are constantly refracted from the road, increasing eye fatigue and discomfort. You can instantly reduce this glare with polarized glasses.

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Popular Q&A

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Why do Fisherman wear polarizing sunglasses?

Fishermen wear polarizing sunglasses so they can negate the effect of the suns glare on the surface of the water in order to sight fish. This is a benefit when fishing on a lake or river and the glare on the water is preventing you from seeing the fish in the water.

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Why or why shouldn't I get polarized sunglasses?

I'm going to be buying a new pair of Oakleys soon (Gascans)- but polarized lenses add like $60 to the total. Why would I get them? I don't fish.
I actually have a pair of polarized RayBans that are nice but I don't really use them- but I could if I wanted to. I went to the store and the cheapos even had polarized lenses (I know how to tell, as in they really ARE polarized).

do you drive or ski/snowboard? polarized lenses are really great for conditions that have high reflectivity. they have nothing to do with whether you fish or not. they work very well to prevent glare like driving in very hot weather for prolonged periods of time, skiing, snowboarding, etc. they also probably help cut down the damage to your eyes from the sun.
personally I always buy polarized and usually Maui Jim.

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