What are Polarized Sunglasses?

Sep 26, 2012 Olympic Eyewear


Have you ever been at the beach or a lake looking out at the view and had difficulty seeing because of the way the sunlight glared off the surface of the water? That is what polarized sunglasses are for; they take away the glare so that you can appreciate a clear view of the scene stretched out before you.

Polarized sunglasses have lens that are treated with a chemical film – it is this chemical film that is responsible for reducing glare. When sunrays hit a flat surface, they reflect off the surface in a horizontal and polarized direction. Your eyes receive this intensified light as glare. The film contains molecules that filter the intense rays of polarized light coming into your eyes. Regular sunglasses do not have this extra filter so polarized sunglasses offer the benefit of regular UV protection as well as protection against glare.

Not only does glare affect your clarity, and depth perception, it can also cause damage to your eyes. Too much glare may cause you to squint, strain your eyes, get headaches, or experience eye fatigue. Intense glare can also become hazardous in the case of vehicle operation – it can severely affect your vision and cause you to have an accident.

Polarized sunglasses have been very popular with anglers and boaters whose activities on the water causes challenges with glare. Polarized sunglasses have clear benefits for all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts, however.

Olympic Eyewear's collection of polarized bulk sunglasses comes mostly in colors of the standard black, grey and brown. Grey tinted lenses offer a nice color contrast and are superb for driving, water activities and sports. Brown gives sharper definition and is great for the same activities in addition to golfing.

The sunglasses come in a variety of styles made by DG Sunglasses, Biohazard Sunglasses, X-Loop Sunglasses and a variety of other high quality brands.

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