Patients sometimes ask us about the benefits of wearing polarized glasses or sunglasses. As eyecare professionals, we at Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian frequently recommend polarized eyewear to patients who may benefit from them.
Polarized lenses are designed to block rays of light reflected off of surfaces. They are popular sunglasses lenses because they prevent glare reflected off water, windows, and other shiny surfaces. Polarized lenses allow light from vertical angles, like the sun overhead, to pass through uninhibited, but It filters out light that comes from a horizontal angle like light reflected from a car window,
Now that you understand how polarized lenses function, you can better understand whether they would benefit you. We find that our patients who are light sensitive tend to benefit the most. Also, people recovering from eye surgery, like cataract removal, appreciate the relief provided by a quality pair of polarized glasses. Finally, depending on your lifestyle and activities you may benefit from polarized sunglasses or glasses.
Distracting glare may make activities like driving, boating, skiing, or water sports more dangerous. Polarized lenses reduce reflected light so you can see better and are better able to avoid accidents.
Have you ever had to squint in the sun? You may find that you feel more comfortable while wearing polarized glasses.
Not all reflected light comes from the sun. Illuminated devices like computer monitors, LED TVs, and mobile phone screens also emit light that reflects from shiny surfaces like mirrors, glass, and tabletops. Whether inside or outside, your eyes must process reflected light. Unfortunately this often results in unnecessary eyestrain. Polarized glasses filter out glare to reduce this eye strain.
If you think polarized lenses may benefit you, your first step is to visit an optometrist. The professionals at Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian help you choose the right eyewear for your needs. If you haven’t had your annual eye examination, contact us today at (601) 485-2020 to schedule one.
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