Have you ever wondered how polarized lenses work? Check out this blog if you're interested in learning more about them, but if you have them or are wondering if they're worth it read on below and watch the video to learn if they'd be the right fit for you.
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Tune in with Eyeglass Tyler as he breaks down the logistics behind polarized lenses.
A polarized lens has a filter that cuts glare bouncing off other objects; asphalt, windshields, water, etc., and it's the only lens feature that can accomplish this. A typical sunglass lens reduces light transmission but won't cut that harsh glare that bounces off objects that are in your field of view.
Pros are precisely what we just mentioned above, that polarized lenses cut distracting glare from your view. They also make for a great dark sunglass lens, and it's a must-have for some specific sports such as fishing or some snow-related driving. Though Tyler mentions in the video that it might not be the best option for snowboarding specifically because the polarized lens can make it more difficult to see ice ahead.
Cons for polarized would be that it affects your depth perception because it cuts light on the horizontal plane. There is also less versatility with colors and tint density. Polarized lenses can also limit lens materials for prescription options.
Polarized lenses are made through a chemical limit. The science behind them is more technical than we can get into but some companies such as Maui Jim base their whole lens technology behind this formula; their PolarizedPlus2® lens is phenomenal and it's used in all their sunglass lens.
The chemical compound used is commonly made up of molecules that naturally run parallel to one another on the horizontal axis. When applied uniformly to your lens the molecules create a microscopic filter that absorbs any light matching their alignment. This is on the horizontal plane because that's where the majority of reflective light exists and you want it to absorb that light so your eyes aren't harmed by it.
The million-dollar question, drum roll, please! Maybe...well, it depends on your needs, and based on what you learned above, you can make your own decision about what you know you need out of your particular pair of sunglasses.
If you have more questions about getting polarized lenses, do not hesitate to call us, our friendly opticians are happy to discuss this lens technology with you further.
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