Polarized Glasses

What You Should Know About Buying Polarized Glasses

If you've been considering a new pair of sunglasses, you may be wondering what are the benefits of polarized glasses. Let's get to know this optometry choice a bit better, thanks to the eye care professionals from Optique, Inc. in Dallas.

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What Is the Purpose of Polarized Glasses?

Polarized lenses have been specially developed to reduce glare. They have long been popular choices for high-glare situations, such as spending a great deal of time on the water or skiing, both of which have a lot of glare due to light reflection from the water or snow. But polarized glasses can also help with any outdoor settings where glare may be a problem as well as the glare from nighttime lights while driving.

How Do Polarized Glasses Work?

To know how polarized lenses work, it's necessary to understand what causes glare. When light hits a horizontal surface, such as water or the hood of a car, it reflects off of that surface and becomes polarized. In other words, it travels in the same direction. This reflection creates a concentration of light, or glare, which can interfere with visibility. With polarized lenses, they use a laminated filter to block out light traveling in the horizontal direction, allowing only vertically oriented light through the lenses and eliminating nearly all glare.

What Do Polarized Lenses Look Like?

The amount of polarization of the lenses will determine how dark the lenses are. Ones with full polarization will be quite a bit darker than lighter lenses. Traditional colors for polarized lenses are brown and gray, but they are also available in green, yellow and beige.

What Are the Advantages of Polarized Glasses?

Not only do polarized lenses reduce glare, but they also have additional advantages. They can also reduce reflection, increase vision quality and clarity, improve contrast, and allow a more accurate perception of color. Polarized glasses can even decrease eye strain.

What Are the Disadvantages of Polarized Glasses?

Polarized lenses can make it difficult to view liquid crystal displays (LCD). LCD may be encountered on ATMs or gas pumps. Also, polarized lenses can make it challenging to view a cellphone screen, particularly when the screen uses anti-glare technology. A very small group of people find the effect of polarized glasses unpleasant. It's important to work with an optometry specialist to help find the right type of lenses for you.

Contact Our Eye Care Professionals in Dallas For More Information

Our optometry specialists are here to help the residents of Dallas find the pair of glasses that will meet all of their eye care needs, while also looking great. We are happy to help you choose the glasses that are right for you. Give Optique, Inc. a call at (214) 252-1800 with any questions about eye care.