Polarized glasses are specialized lenses that reduce glare. They can be useful in certain situations and some people prefer to wear polarized lenses all the time. At Today's Vision Conroe in Conroe, TX, we offer polarized prescription lenses to help you keep your vision clear and comfortable.
What Are Polarized Glasses?
Polarized glasses have a specialized coating that helps prevent glare from affecting your eyes. Although they don’t completely protect your eyes, polarized lenses can make your eyes more comfortable as you spend time out in the sun.
Why Is Glare a Problem?
Glare occurs when sunlight hits a reflective surface. This causes the light to the photoreceptors in your eye as they are bounced off of the surface.
This can cause you to squint. Squinting is your body's defense against bright light, because it minimizes the amount of light that makes it into your eye. However, glare can even "white out" your vision, making it impossible for you to see anything at all. Even when you look away from the glare, it can take a few minutes for your vision to return to normal.
Types of Polarized Glasses
There are generally two types of polarized glasses. These are eyeglasses and sunglasses.
Many people think of sunglasses when they think about polarized lenses. The truth is that not all sunglasses have polarized lenses.
Sunglasses block out UV rays, which can damage your eyes. Polarized lenses themselves don't protect you from bright sunlight, only glare. Polarized sunglasses shade your eyes from bright sunlight and glare, providing you with more comprehensive sun protection.
If you wear prescription glasses, you can choose to get prescription polarized sunglasses.
You can also choose polarized eyeglasses. These are great if you need protection from glare, but don't want to block out UV rays. These glasses will have your prescription, as well as a polarized coating.
One of the benefits of polarized eyeglasses is that they provide protection from glare at night as well as during the day.
Who Needs Polarized Glasses?
There are certain situations where polarized lenses are recommended.
Glare while driving can be dangerous- the glare can impede your vision and make it more likely that you will get into an accident.
You may also want to use polarized glasses when playing outdoor sports. They can allow you to see more clearly and sharpen colors, which can help increase your safety and performance.
Water can reflect sunlight causing glare. It's a great idea to wear polarized glasses or sunglasses for activities like boating, fishing, and water skiing.
Get Eyeglasses and Sunglasses from an Optometrist Near You for Sun Protection
If you want to try prescription polarized glasses, contact us at Today's Vision Conroe in Conroe, TX. Our optometrists offer polarized eyeglasses and sunglasses to meet your needs. Call us at (936) 788-2600 for sun protection from an optometrist near you.