What Are the Benefits of Polarized Sunglasses?

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For all the benefits we receive from the sun, its light can pose some serious health concerns. Sunlight reflecting off smooth water, snow or flat roads can create glare which is not only annoying but can have a long-term impact on your vision such as causing cataracts. Blinding glare from the sun and snow blindness can even sunburn your eyes. Thankfully, polarized lenses can help to shield you against the dangers of the sun’s intense glare.

The Benefits of Polarized Sunglasses

A virtually invisible filter can be built into the lenses of your sunglasses to eliminate the amount of reflecting light that enters the eye. Polarized lenses not only reduce glare, they make images appear sharper and clearer, increasing visual clarity and comfort. Available for prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, polarized lenses can be worn indoors by light-sensitive people, including post-cataract surgery patients and those continually exposed to bright sunlight through windows.

Most polarized sunglasses provide UV protection which is important in maintaining healthy eye sight. Just as we put on sunscreen to protect our skin, it’s critical that we protect our eyes from UV rays too.

Enhancing Your Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses can be combined with other features to enhance vision, such as bifocal sunglasses, progressive lenses, and anti-reflective and anti-scratch coatings.

On this episode of “Ask an Eye Doc,” VSP network eye doctor, Joseph Allen, OD shares more about the benefits of polarized lenses and who they might be a good fit for.

Haven’t had your annual eye exam yet? Find your VSP network eye doctor at vsp.com. Choose one who participates in the Premier Program to get the most out of your benefits!

This post was reviewed by Joseph J. Allen, OD, FAAO. Dr. Allen practices at the Buffalo Eye Clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota. He is also hosts an educational YouTube channel about eyes, vision and vision products.

8 Comments

  • Flontina Miller says:

    I purchased some polarized lenses earlier this year, and I can’t see well out of them. the view is kind of distorted. The optical shop says there is nothing wrong with them, but I am not a happy customer. Is there anything that VSP can do to help me?

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Flontina,
      I’m sorry to hear you aren’t happy with your eyewear. Please reach out to our customer care team at 800.877.7195.
      -Angelina F., VSP

  • william says:

    I am very interested in a good pair of polarize night driving glasses. Can you please help me.

  • MARK WOLFSON says:

    I have found that good non-polarized sun glasses have actually better contrast than good polarized as such. I have found the opposite regarding contrast between the two.

  • Carol says:

    Check out Maui Jim sunglasses! I have always had sensitivity to sunlight so have worn sunglasses forever. I have worn Maui Jims since they first came on the scene…I never leave home without them. These are the best sunglasses ever made and worth the price! I’ve even had a pair repaired…no charge except for shipping both ways.

  • Dave says:

    Does anyone sell a polarized progressive clear lens; or, does a person need to buy a tinted lens to be able to get polarization?

  • Lori says:

    I bought prescriiption sunglasses that supposedly had all of the goodies but found they just didn’t hold out the sun like I had when I could use regular sunglasses. Then I bought a pair of glasses that I could buy snap on sun vision-wear type. It has one super small magnet on each corner. I LOVE it!! It’s small to carry in my purse or pocket and is much better than switching back and forth between glasses and sun glasses. Thank You!! I hope they keep this style. For the first time I kept the same set of frames in order to keep this for at least one more year!! Plus I usually lose my sunglasses and now I don’t.

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