All you need to know about Polarised lenses
Reducing Glare and not just reducing brightness
Have you ever worn sunglasses only to still find yourself squinting? This is because sunglasses are designed to reduce brightness, not blinding glare. Glare can cause eye strain or fatigue, and it can also be strong enough to block your vision. Glare can vary from mild discomfort to blinding, and it can be worse with age or if you have lighter coloured eyes. Polarised lenses are designed specifically to reduce this experience.
Glare is caused by light reflecting off horizontal surfaces, such as roads, bodies of water, ice or snow. The light becomes concentrated horizontally, which can be very uncomfortable for your eyes. Glare caused by reflective sunlight can cause discomfort, and in some cases, can even be dangerous. It’s important to protect your vision from harsh, blinding glare by wearing the right lenses.
Polarised versus non polarised
They offer enhanced colour perception, improved visual comfort and optimal UV protection. They make it much easier to see in bright light conditions. Regular sunglasses can provide sufficient UV protection, but they won’t diminish glare.
Polarised lenses are best suited to those who spend a lot of time outdoors. If you take part in activities such as fishing, water sports or driving, you are likely to experience a lot of glare. You can combine polarised lenses with your corrective lens design in order to experience safer, clearer vision.
When polarised sunglasses come into their own
Polarised lenses are particularly beneficial for driving and for certain hobbies. Roads, other cars, puddles and even your dashboard can create glare, which can be very distracting when driving. Polarised lenses can help make your driving experience much safer.
Those who enjoy water sports, or snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding, will also find polarised lenses a convenient solution. This is because glare can be caused by water and snow, making it difficult to see clearly. Wearing polarised lenses for these activities can enhance your vision, creating a more enjoyable experience.
If you want some advice as on the best lenses for you, then please pop into our eye surgery in Hailsham. If you are looking at some new sunglasses or even spectacles, then feel free to give us a call on 01323 442062.