Polarized sunglasses should be a staple in your eyeglass collection, but are you aware of polarized lenses? Few know what they do or the benefits they offer. Read more about the benefits of polarized sunglasses from our partner HOYA:
Basics About Sunlight and Reflections
Before we dive into the specifics of polarized lenses, we need to talk about why they are necessary in the first place. To do that we have to discuss our favorite celestial body of gases and light, the sun.
Waves of light enter our atmosphere in a relatively random and disorganized pattern, which is good because if they didn’t they’d be blindingly bright. When sunlight reflects off of a surface, it focuses and causes glare and reflections. Without the correct protection, this can damage our eyes; this is where sunglasses come in. Without polarization, sunglasses don’t adequately address the issue.
Why Cheapos and Non-Polarized Sunglasses are a Half-Measure
Regular, non-polarized glasses are good; they protect your eyes from UV damage and help you see better on a bright day, but they only go so far. They do not address the glare factor that can lead to dangerous situations when driving, eye strain on a bright day, and don’t hold up with the sun reflecting off of snow or water.
Polarized sunglasses directly address the problem of glare and focused reflections. How? Well, that comes down to some chemical and mechanical magic engineering that minimizes bright reflections. This creates a more uniformly illuminated view.
The benefits of polarized lenses are broad, especially with some of our favorite outdoor hobbies.
Specific Benefits of Polarized Lenses:
- Safer driving from less glare
- Less eye strain symptoms in bright sunlight
- Great protection (with trivex or a polycarbonate material)
- Less glare and better visibility below the surface of the water when out on the lake.
- Less glare and strain when skiing or traveling in the snow.
- 100% protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
A Note on Seasonality
Many people think of sunglasses as primarily a summer accessory. We may have more need for them when the grass is green and we are outside more often, but polarized lenses are just as important in winter.
If you’ve ever walked outside into a snowy landscape after being inside all day you know exactly what we mean. The reflections from the snow can be blinding, and even after your eyes adjust it can be amazingly bright.
Polarized lenses offer the same benefits during winter that they do during the summer. You should educate your patients year-round on the benefits, even if your concerted sunwear push is focused in the beginning of summer.
Go Polarized with Your Patients Today
Use this content to help educate your patients on the importance of polarized lenses this sunny season. You can also download our white paper that goes a little more in-depth on the topic and use it with your patients in-person or online.
Article shared from Hoya Vision