Most of us are aware of the damage the sun’s rays can wreak on our eyes, and as a result, we take special care to protect them by using sunglasses whenever we go out. However with rapid increase in technology and new inventions, we are faced with a lot of decisions when buying a new pair of sunglasses. One of the most widely asked question seems to be about polarized lenses and if they are really all that necessary and worth the price or not?
In this article, we are going to shed some light on this issue of polarized lenses vs. mirrored lenses.
Sunlight will either get absorbed, refracted or reflected depending on the angle at which it hits, however when this sunlight gets reflected from hard surfaces such as metal, water or other such reflecting surfaces, it combines together to form one concentrated glare. When this glare hits the eye, it can not only cause discomfort, but it also causes momentary blindness as well as damages the eye, over time. This can also cause accidents while driving under strong sunlight or cruising out on the water.
Polarized sunglasses contain a special filter that blocks out horizontal lights that form glares, and prevents not only sun damage but makes sure your get a clear view at all times.
Benefits of Polarized Lenses
- Ensures clear view at all times
- Provides comfort from sunrays.
- Eliminates distortion of light no matter what the weather conditions are.
- Comparatively lowers eyestrain.
- Increases visibility in bad weather and while fishing.
- Eliminates reflections.
Who Needs Polarized Lenses?
Polarized lenses are essential for those people who work under harsh sunlight or spend a lot of time over water due to the fact that these people experience the most glares and can face damaging effects from the sun’s rays as a result. Fishermen also prefer polarized glasses as these lenses increase visibility allowing one to see fish clearly in the sea, once all reflections and glares are eliminated.
Nowadays, all those people who live in countries with harsh summers wear sunglasses with polarized lenses to reduce the eye strain.
Another alternative to polarized lenses is a mirrored lens. This type of lens has a mirror coating on it. Like a regular mirror, mirrored coated lenses, reflect light away from the eyes of the wearer. However mirror coating can get uncomfortable for the companions of the person wearing these lenses, due to the fact that making eye contact is almost impossible in these glasses.
Mirrored glasses come in all colors such as pink, blue, green or grey, depending on the wearer’s preference as the color of the tint has no effect on the mirroring ability of the glasses. They are quite stylish and many people can be seen sporting these.
For someone whose profession involves a lot of work under the sun or out cruising the sea, polarized lenses is the way to go, however for others who require sunglasses for everyday use, mirrored lenses are a better option.