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Since their invention in 1936, polarized lenses have quietly been starting a sunglasses revolution. These lenses have been the go-to choice for those working on or near water as well as a must-have for anyone living near the snow. Although the term may sound familiar, there are still many questions that need answering like ‘ what is polarized on sunglasses ?’ and ‘do I need polarized sunglasses?’.
What are Polarized Lenses?
Put simply, polarized lenses commonly referred to as anti-glare lenses, help eliminate glare, which is defined as light reflected on any surface. These special lenses make it easy to see in sunny conditions and protect our eyes from harmful UV rays. Polarized sunglasses are perfect for time spent on or near water as they help eliminate sun glare that reflects from the surface of the water. These lenses are also commonly found in ski goggles to improve performance and block the glare that reflects off the snow.
How do Polarized Sunglasses Work?
Polarized lenses are coated with molecules that block horizontal UV light. In addition, polarized lenses can also enhance color contrasts we see when exposed to the sun. This attribute is beneficial for athletes and outdoorsmen who want to receive greater depth perception to enhance their performance. Polarized technology is also used in 3D glasses. One side of the lens is polarized horizontally and the other side is polarized vertically. For 3D movies, two films are actually shown at the same time, shot from slightly different angles. This results in two directions of light that enter the differently positioned lenses, which creates an amazing 3D visual effect.
Do I Need Polarized Sunglasses?
Polarized lenses are becoming increasingly popular since many designer brands like Ray-Ban, Persol, Dolce & Gabbana are all integrating this amazing technology into their eyewear. The advantages of polarized lenses, such as increased clarity and improved depth perception, means that polarized eyewear has become a must-have for athletes looking to take their performance to the next level.
In the case of snow sports or watersports, they are a necessity due to the environment where these sports are practiced. However, polarized lenses can also offer huge advantages for people who practice more mainstream hobbies, such as running or cycling, or indeed anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. However, the aesthetic benefits of polarized lenses, such as sharper definition and enhanced color contrasts, as well as the more serious business of UV protection, can be enjoyed by anyone, and once you try a pair of polarized lenses, you can clearly see the difference. Since it is summertime, polarized glasses are perfect equipment to protect your eyes as they guarantee protection from the harmful affects of UV rays. Several major eyewear brands specialize in polarized technology, including Oakley, Spy, Smith, and Polaroid. Oakley has, numerous polarized lens patents, including their Iridium lens technology, a favorite of extreme sports enthusiasts the world over.
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Terri Steffes says
I started buying polarized lenses when they first came out and I haven’t look back since.
Great post! I always make sure my sunglasses are polarized bc I spend so much time outside.
There are definitely a lot of advantages to polarized lenses. We do a lot of outdoor activities and it is nice to have some better glasses when we are at the lake etc.