What to Know About Polarized Sunglass Lenses
Polarized sunglass lenses offer superior protection against glare, particularly once you are out on open bodies of water. This is often a result of the way polarized sunglass lenses contain a special filter that effectively block intense, reflective light. If you’re looking into buying polarized sunglass lenses, chances are high that you already understand the hazards daylight glare will cause day after day.
What you may not recognize is that sunlight is often absorbed or mirrored in many completely different directions. Sunlight bouncing off horizontal surfaces, like water, land or the hood of a automobile is typically mirrored back in a very similar horizontal direction. This reflection produces an annoying amount of glare that not only creates visual discomfort, but may cause a doubtless glaring situation.
Glare has the potential to form a really dangerous scenario, particularly when driving. The laminate filter in polarized sunglass lenses permits only vertically orientated light to pass through every lens. This means horizontally orientated light is blocked so glare is virtually eliminated.
Are Polarized Lenses Better Than Regular Ones?
The answer to this question depends on your primary purpose for wearing sunglasses in the first place. Is it for fashion, function or both? What are some advantages of polarized sunglass lenses then? In addition to reducing reflections and eliminating glare, polarized sunglass lenses:
- Improve comfort visually
- Reduce strain on the eyes
- Improve contrast and clarity
- Allow for true perception of colors
It is important to understand that most regular sunglass lenses are simply tinted with a single color. The drawback to plain tinted lenses is that although they reduce brightness, they do not remove glare like a polarized sunglass lens does.
Also, certain regular tint shades and colors can impact how you perceive and differentiate colors. In some cases, this also can become a dangerous safety hazard. So to answer the question “Are polarized lenses better than regular ones?” and in our expert opinion and all around: Yes, they are.
Polarized Lens Colors
The most common polarized lens colors are gray and brown. However, the following polarized lens colors are generally available:
- Copper Silver, which tend to mirror the natural contrast of the environment
- Copper, which are excellent for variable light and for driving
- Sunrise Silver, which are great for low light activities
- Blue Mirror, which are perfect for eliminating glare on open bodies of water
- Green Mirror, which are outstanding for optical clarity in high contrast environments
If the manufacturer offers these polarized lens colors (or any new combinations as they come out), Tatum Eyecare can get and install them for you at great prices with no hassle.
The Best Optometrists in North Phoenix
When you choose Tatum Eyecare for you vision health and fashion needs, you are choosing optometrists in North Phoenix who are invested in our clients and community. We carry many polarized lenses, as well as a wide selection of eyeglass frames from the industry leaders in style and quality for every budget. We’ve proudly served the Valley of the Sun for over 20 years. Stop in to view our extensive eyewear collection, and see for yourself how Tatum Eyecare reframes customer service and optical expertise for everyone!