Polarized sunglasses are very popular during summer because they are light, don’t have to be pulled down over the nose, and block the majority of the sun’s glare. However, they can contribute to some health issues, so it’s important to understand how they work and how to use them correctly.
Polarized sunglasses are designed with one type of polarized lens that cuts out the glare of reflective surfaces like water or buildings. The lens directs light waves with a specific angle to reach your eye with less distortion. This is useful for activities like fishing, sewing, or reading. Polarized lenses can do more than reduce sun glare.
Polarized sunglasses are popular to wear during the day. They are especially good for driving. However, polarized glasses only protect you from glare coming at you, not glare that is about to hit you. It can also alter your depth perception. You may not notice this difference at first, but you will be more likely to fall over bikes, curbs, or other objects if you are not paying attention.
I’m sure you’ve heard the universal warning not to look at the sun while wearing sunglasses, lest you risk maximizing the intensity of UV rays to the eye. This doesn’t only apply to regular sunglasses, but also polarized sunglasses. Similar to wearing sunglasses, you’re at risk for damaging your eyes by looking directly into the sun while wearing polarized sunglasses.
And while looking at the sun wearing polarized sunglasses isn’t as bad as looking into the sun with sunglasses, it is still possible to damage your eye. So after all this, you’re probably wondering how to ensure your safety while taking in some rays? Well, make sure you remove your sunglasses as soon as you enter the shade.