Sunshine season is upon us and that means gearing up for all your favorite outdoor activities. And by gear, we mean sunglasses, of course. But when it comes to getting them polarized or not, it can hold you back from making an on-the-spot decision. So to be sure you don't hold yourself back from buying the pair of your summer dreams—we're here to break down all your polarized vs non-polarized sunglasses questions.

Table of Contents

1. What is a Polarized Lens?
2. Are Polarized Lenses Better?
3. Do Non-Polarized Lenses Protect Your Eyes?
4. How do I Know I Have Polarized Lenses?
5. Are Polarized Lenses Worth It?
6. In Conclusion
7. Prescription Polarized Sunglasses at SportRx

In this video, Eyeglass Tyler explains what polarized lenses are, if they're better, and whether they're worth it. Read on to learn more!

What is a Polarized Lens?

"Polarized" means there's a filter in the lens that cuts out horizontal light which is where the majority of glare comes from. Horizontal glare is the result of light bouncing off of other objects such as windshields, asphalt, water, etc.. It's the annoying glare you see on a day-to-day basis.

Are Polarized Lenses Better?

From an eye health standpoint, technically not. Your eyes will feel more relaxed without that annoying glare, but it won't hurt your eyes either.

But in some cases, like fishing, polarized lenses are better because they cut that surface glare which allows you to see through the water so you can catch more fish.

Do Non-Polarized Lenses Protect Your Eyes?

Essentially polarized lenses don't protect your eyes any better than a non-polarized pair. As long as your sunglasses are high quality, you'll be getting all the eye protection you need. You'll also want to make sure your lenses are UV rated for optimal eye health.

How Do I Know I Have Polarized Lenses?

This is a fun little how-to. Take your sunglasses and look at a computer screen through them. Rotate the glasses and if the screen gets darker, maybe even blacking out completely, then the lenses ARE polarized. Tyler also swears another surefire way is if you're at the gas station and can't see the screens very well, they are polarized too. Many digital screens already have a polarized filter on them which is why they get much harder to see when wearing polarized sunglasses.

Are Polarized Lenses Worth It?

It's up to you! Your lenses are super-specific to you, so give us a call and we'll help you decide if they're best for you and your lifestyle.

In Conclusion

There's always going to be questions about sunglasses, polarized or not, but for any pair or person, it comes down to you. Get a pair that will take you through your adventures and be comfortable while doing so. And never EVER hesitate to call us, we have the kindest opticians waiting to answer all your sunglass needs.


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