Interesting Facts To Know About Polarized Sunglasses (You Probably Didn’t Know Before)

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Polarized sunglasses are the preferred eyewear for those who enjoy water and winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and boating. The special lenses on these sunglasses reduce the glare caused by light reflecting off surfaces like water and snow, making adventure sports fun and safe. 

Nowadays, there’s a great variety in the kind of polarized sunglasses that one can get. These include polarized sunglasses with camera fittings so that one can clearly record skiing down a slope or riding the waves on the surfboard.

Here are some interesting facts about polarized sunglasses…

1. Polarized sunglasses come with a special coating

Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes from glare by having a special filter coated on the lenses. These special filters block the light rays reflecting off of surfaces like water and glass, while allowing only horizontally directed rays to enter your eyes. 

This reduces the strain on your eyes and protects them from unwanted intense light rays. IVI offers a selected range of polarized sunglasses that offer you the maximum protection against glare to protect your eyes.

2. Polarized sunglasses reduce headaches

Over time, the wearer experiences fewer headaches caused by eye strain. This is because using polarized sunglasses consistently reduces the intensity of glare caused on the eyes and reduces exposure of intense light rays on the retina. 

This is great news for people who have to spend long hours in an environment where they are possibly surrounded by clear windows or those who have to drive long hours. Wearing polarized sunglasses can offer much-needed relief from headaches and eye strain caused by glare reflecting from your windows and windscreens. 


3. The difference in darkness and clarity

You might observe a slight difference in the way objects appear when you wear a pair of polarized sunglasses compared to non-polarized or untreated ones. The difference is in the darkness of the objects. Likewise, a polarized lens causes an object to appear slightly darker but crisper than usual. So, the color of an object might seem darker to you at first but at the same time, you might be better able to observe the details on it more clearly. 

4. Polarized sunglasses are not the same as UV glasses

Many people commonly confuse polarized sunglasses with UV protected glasses. The two are simply not the same. One of the reasons why people make this mistake is because both types of glasses are darker than normal. However, this does not mean that both glasses offer similar benefits to the eyes. 

While UV-protected sunglasses are coated with a special material to screen out specific wavelengths that can damage your eyes, polarized sunglasses filter out light rays based on their angle of reflection. Being aware of this difference can help you buy the right type of sunglasses for your eyes. 

5. Polarized sunglasses can cause some distortion

Polarized sunglasses are perfect for the outdoors, but there are issues when you try to view a screen through the polarized lenses. Some users are unable to view their computer or smartphone screens clearly when wearing a pair of polarized sunglasses. This is due to the nature of the coating and the kind of rays emitted from an LCD screen. However, through regular use, the eyes become accustomed to processing these images clearly. 

6. Polarized sunglasses can be customized

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The great thing about polarized sunglasses is that they can be customized with different types of lenses. Progressive lenses can be coated with a special material to make them useful for people above the age of 40. Similarly, people who spend roughly equal amounts of time indoors and outdoors can order a pair fitted with photochromic lenses.

Polarized sunglasses can be slightly expensive compared to untreated sunglasses, but they will benefit you in the long run by protecting your eyes from damage.

Remember to get your eyes examined by a specialist who will give you professional advice about which kind of polarized sunglasses will work best for you!

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