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Are polarized lenses helpful and should I pay more for them?

If you spend most of your time outdoors, on the road, on the golf course, fishing, hunting, on the water or in the mountains, polarized lenses are worth every penny.

Light usually reflects in many directions; but when light is reflected from flat surfaces, especially water, it’s more likely to be polarized — making it travel in just one (usually horizontal) direction. This creates glare – an annoying and sometimes dangerous intensity of reflected light that reduces visibility.

Glare a nuisance: it impairs depth perception, distorts your view and colors, and can cause temporarily blindness, so the extra cost is worth it for many—especially if you spend time outdoors or on the water. Even if you’re not an outdoorsman, getting the sun in our eyes while driving can be dangerous. The most dangerous times to be on the road are dusk and dawn, for this very reason.

With a special filter, polarized lenses reduce this harmful (and irritating) glare from reflective surfaces including pavement, snow, and water, making objects appear clearer—like highway lines, the lake, or a trail in the woods.

Non-polarized sunglasses only reduce (slightly) the amount of light coming through the lenses, they don’t do anything to reduce the glare. Dark tinted glasses block more light but they still do nothing to eliminate harsh glare. If you do choose dark lenses over polarized, make sure that they provide UV protection. Dark lenses without UV protection are actually worse for your eyes than not wearing sunglasses at all because they can cause your pupils to dilate, which allow more UV rays to enter the sensitive part of your eyes.

What about color? According to Thorin Klosowski at Lifehacker, lens color does matter, especially if you’re an athlete.

Still want more? For the geeks in my crowd here’s a killer video showing the science behind polarization.

If you’re still unsure of what lenses are best for you, don’t take our word for it, make an appointment to see an eye professional.

All of our natural wooden sunglasses are fitted with industry-leading CR39 polarized lenses. That’s 100% UVA/UVB protection, superior scratch resistant and anti-glare coatings for crystal clear vision in even the brightest conditions. Shop Now

About the Author: Cameron Christian Owner, President-CEO. After 25 Years in the corporate world, I am creating my own destiny. I bought the business so we can continue delighting our customers with real wood products that are beautiful and functional. Follow us on Instagram or email me at Cameron.christian@shopwudn.com.  

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