Quality Sunglasses: Enhance Your Safety and Comfort 

The Benefits of Quality Sunglass Lenses: Enhance Your Safety and Comfort

Summer is such a great time of year, and what matches better with summer than a great pair of sunglasses?! One of the most crucial accessories to your day-to-day comfort and health is a good pair of polarized, UV and HEV filtering sunglasses. Unfortunately, sunglasses are not regulated, so these important filters are not automatically included in all sunglasses. 

High-quality lenses are designed to reduce glare and eyestrain, making you safer and more comfortable in your world.  And summer is not the only time to wear your sunnies… Year-round protection is so important! 

Read more to understand the benefits of quality sunglasses and how they protect your eyes. 

Understanding Sunglass Lenses

Polarized lenses contain a special filter that blocks intense reflected light, which reduces glare. Glare occurs when light waves reflect off flat surfaces like water, snow, roads, or car hoods, causing a significant amount of horizontal light to reach your eyes. This can be blinding and uncomfortable, leading to squinting and eye strain. Polarized lenses work by allowing only vertical light waves to pass through, effectively cutting out the harsh horizontal reflections. The result is a clearer, more comfortable vision with improved contrast and reduced eye strain.

Enhanced Safety on the Road

One of the most notable benefits of polarized lenses is the increased safety they provide while driving. Glare from the sun can be a major hazard on the road, especially during sunrise and sunset when the sun is low in the sky. Reflections off the road, other vehicles, and buildings can create blinding conditions that compromise your ability to see clearly and react promptly. In fact, 1 in 3 car accidents are caused by blinding glare!

Polarized sunglasses mitigate these risks by reducing glare, allowing you to see the road more clearly. This can help you better judge distances, notice road signs and signals, and identify potential hazards in your path. 

Improved Comfort for Outdoor Activities

For all you nature lovers who enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, skiing, or golfing, polarized lenses offer significant comfort advantages. When fishing, for example, glare from the water surface can make it difficult to see below the waterline, hindering your ability to spot fish. Polarized lenses cut through this glare, allowing for a clearer view into the water.

Similarly, hikers and skiers benefit from reduced glare off of snow and other reflective surfaces, leading to better visibility and less eye fatigue. Golfers can enjoy improved contrast and color perception on the course, helping them read greens and follow the flight of the ball more easily.

Protection Against UV & HEV Rays

In addition to reducing glare, ensuring protection against harmful ultraviolet (UV) and high-energy visible (HEV) rays is a critical aspect of proper sunglass lenses. Prolonged exposure to UV/HEV rays can cause serious eye conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and photokeratitis (sunburn of the eye). 

Reduced Eye Strain and Better Visual Comfort

Eye strain is an issue for many people, especially those who spend a lot of time outdoors or driving. Symptoms of eye strain include headaches, blurred vision, and discomfort around the eyes. By filtering out intense reflected light, proper sunglass lenses help maintain natural eye movement and reduce the need for squinting and can even improve your night vision by protecting your eyes from the intense harmful light of the sun!

Let Us Help You Choose the Right Sunglass Lenses

Our Doctors and Optical team know the proper sun lens options that will best care for your eyes and of course, we want you looking your best in your sunglasses. That’s why our expert  team is here for you! Being fit for a pair of singlasses gives you peace of mind that not only are you walking out in style, but your eyes are protected for the long-haul. Welcome summer!