At Family Eye Health and Contact Lens Center, we see many patients who love the outdoors. We like to tell our patients that if they like sunglasses, they will love polarized glasses. Polarized lenses:
- Reduce glare
- Eliminate reflection
- Help you see true colors in bright light
- Enable you to see on the water and underwater
- Give you clearer vision at ground level
People who live outdoors need polarized lenses. Let us tell you a little about how they work.
What makes glasses polarized?
Objects in the outdoor world reflect rays of sunlight in all directions. When a horizontal object, like the hood of a car, or the pavement on the road in front of you, or the surface of a swimming pool or lake reflects light into your eyes, there is usually a strong glare. Sunglasses reduce the amount of light coming into your eyes, but they reduce vertical and horizontal rays of light at the same time. They reduce glare, but they don't eliminate it.
Polarized glasses are coated with a laminate than eliminates horizontal rays of light. This eliminates glare. This effect is remarkable poolside or at the lake. When you put on polarized glasses, you will suddenly be able to see what's going on beneath the surface of the water. We can also prescribe polarized lenses with tints that, for instance, help you see a golf ball on the green, or a rock on the bike trail or an obstacle on the ski run.
Many people wear sunglasses for UV protection. You will also get UV protection with polarized glasses. Not all polarized lenses are used in sunglasses. From time to time we prescribe these special lenses for indoor use, particularly for people who work with liquid crystal display (LCD) screens. Anybody who uses polarized glasses will find it easier to read the ATM screen or the digital screen at the gas pump.
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