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Polarized Sunglasses: a Smart Solution to Protect Your Eyes and Vision

The sunny days of summer are finally here to stay, at least for a while.  And that means more time outdoors and more opportunity for your eyes to get damaged by the sun’s harmful rays.  You apply sunscreen to protect your skin, but don’t forget to put on a good pair of sunglasses to ensure your eyes are also protected.  Polarized sunglasses are a good choice for many.  Read on to see if they might be right for you.

What are polarized sunglasses

The main purpose of polarized sunglasses is to get rid of glare.  Polarized lenses contain a special filter that blocks certain types of light, thereby reducing or eliminating that blinding glare often seen when bright sunlight reflects off a surface.

Why polarized sunglasses can be a good choice

There are a number of situations in which reducing glare is important, and polarized sunglasses might come in handy.  For instance, drivers can often operate their vehicle more effectively when glare is reduced from the road or even other cars.  Likewise, boaters and skiers often wear this type of eyewear to better navigate the water or snow-covered hills.

In addition to glare reduction, polarized sunglasses can allow for a truer perception of colors, improve contrast and clarity, and reduce overall eye strain.

There are some drawbacks

While polarized lenses help eliminate glare, they also reduce your ability to see LCD displays.  This means that it can be very difficult to properly view screens at an ATM or gas pump, or your car’s instrument panel on the dashboard.  Likewise, some people have trouble viewing their phone’s screen when wearing polarized sunglasses.  Additionally, pilots should definitely not wear them, as they can interfere with proper viewing of their instrument panel.

Polarized sunglasses can range in style, price and actual UV protection.  A high price tag does not always mean you will be getting the best quality.  In fact, there are some very affordable options that do a really great job.  Visit Family Vision Development Center in Aurora to view our full selection, including great brands like Maui Jim and Nike.  Of course, give us a call first at 630-862-2020 to confirm our hours and availability to help you select the perfect pair!


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